Monday, 31 December 2012

Manigong Bagong Taon!

With the approach of New Year's Eve, I've topped up the fruit bowl today.






It's a Philippine tradition introduced to us by my Sister-in-Law. We've witnessed her and my brother putting it into practice for several years now, and this year we thought we'd join in ourselves. On New Year's Eve a basket of 12 fruit is put out; round fruit (or as near round as possible) like coins (for prosperity). One for each month of the New Year. Naturally the fruit represent health and all things fresh, too. 

We're not spending New Year's Eve with family this year, so it was good to think of Brother and his family as we decided what fruit to put out (can you guess what we chose?!*), and wondered which fruit they have in their fruit bowl.  

Even if you're not superstitious, having a delicious bowl of fruit to tuck into in the New Year is a welcome sight after all the Christmas goodies.




There are some other Philippine New Year's Eve traditions you might like; leave some money around tables and surfaces in your home, and make sure your wallet is full, to attract prosperity. Open the doors and windows wide to let in good luck.

And lastly, whatever you do, don't go spending money tomorrow! Being frugal on the first day of the year will encourage sensible spending habits for the rest of the year! 

Have you got any interesting New Year's Eve traditions?


Wishing you all much health and happiness for 2013!

 Manigong Bagong Taon!


(Lemon, orange, apple, grapefruit, grape, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, apricot, pineapple, kiwi, dried fig (Food miles I hear you say? Well, it's only once a year...) )


10 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you! May 2013 bring you health and happiness. XX

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  2. I like the fruit tradition. Maybe next year. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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    1. Well if you do happen to try it next year, make sure your bowl is overflowing as per my brother's comment below!

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  3. I like the fruit tradition as well. Having a bowl of fruit out has been something I've done for years, I don't like my fruits from the fridge just too cold to enjoy the actual taste of them and it works to make sure the little one's see fruit first when wanting a snack, it was my own children's favorite snack. When I would come home from shopping they would actually fight over the fruit!

    I don't have any New Year's traditions at this point, I used to stay up with my children to watch the ball drop and read stories with them when they were younger. Even as teens they enjoyed taking turns reading on New Year's Eve.

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    1. Reading out loud sounds a nice tradition, We have a fruit bowl out all the time too, but not usually filled with so many different fruits as last night!

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  4. Good effort, but I'm afraid you made a newbie error! No self-respecting Filipino would have empty space visible in their NYE fruit bowl. It should be full, piled high and overflowing to signify abundance for the year ahead!

    Happy New Year to you all anyway!

    Dave xx

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    1. Oh no - looks like it will be another year of frugality for us then...!! There's always next year! Thanks for commenting bruv, and Happy New Year to all of you too!

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  5. Not a New Year's Eve tradition, but a New Year's Day one. Having black-eyed peas with the big meal. In the southern states of the US, having black-eyed peas on New Year's Day will bring a swelling of prosperity to your year. We're not from the South, but we do this anyways, every year. Black-eyed peas are our favorite bean, as they have a slightly smokey flavor.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Sounds a good tradition to me! Hope your prosperity is swelled this year (but not enough that you stop blogging about frugal stuff!)

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