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Year End Superstitions

Happy New Year Everyone!

Pinoy New Year, according to a lot of people out there, will not be complete without observing some of year end traditions which would include jumping during New Year’s eve at midnight (to get taller), jumping with coins in your pocket (fortune), displaying 12 rounded fruits (abundance), wearing polka dots (fortune?), lighting firecrackers (to drive bad luck/spirits away), among others. All these traditions and practices are a mixture of religious, cultural and superstitious beliefs. Some of these practices were also adopted from other cultures and influences that the country had in the past.

You might think that Filipinos are the only ones who celebrate New Year’s eve with superstitious practices but there are a lot of other countries which do the same. The only difference is that other countries have a different set of superstitious beliefs and practices when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations. In the US for instance, they believe that eating Chinese food during New Year’s Eve brings good luck the whole year round. Others place money in a jar outside their door. African-Americans eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck.

Personally, I don’t see any harm if other people observe any of those traditions mentioned above so long as no one gets hurt. I do not observe any of those for the simple reason that I do not believe in them. I’m a firm believer that people are the ones who carve their destiny and not some basket of fruits displayed during New Year’s Eve. I see some families who observe all kinds of superstitious practices during New Year and yet unfortunate things happen to them the next year simply because they lack caution, prudence, or simply because bad things happen to everyone.

At any rate, I believe this is part of what makes Filipinos who we are. I can’t judge this set of practices as bad or senseless. Again, so long as they do not harm others, it is okay. Just bear in mind however that one should not rely too much on these superstitious traditions. One can place all the coins he can in his pocket on New Year’s Eve but will still go penniless all year round if he does not get a job.

 

About the author

Howard Chan (The Student)

Howard considers himself as an armchair activist. Though his street rally days are in a slumber he still advocates changes via social media. He is a strong believer that awareness of various social issues is a good starting point in order to break out from the stranglehold of an oppressive system which only benefits the few. He is also a full time student and a part time blogger, part time web designer, part time web manager/designer for various clients. (Note: Howard Chan passed the 2014 Bar Exams and was admitted to the Philippine Bar on April 29, 2015. That being, all posts after April 29, 2015 authored by him are now under the name Howard Chan for the purpose of distinguishing posts he made as a non-lawyer from posts he made after admission to the bar).

2 comments

  1. ARACELIE LEGADOS LACTUAN

    Happy New Year Atty. Howard Chan. Thank you, those digested cases helps us a lot who are students in Law at the same time a working Mom. God bless.

    1. Atty. Howard Chan

      Happy new year too Aracelie! I’m not a lawyer though.. 🙂 I’m still a law student.. I’m glad to know the digests are helping you out.. 🙂

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