Making lot of noise to welcome New Year wards off evil spirits -- Do u believe?

Philippines
December 23, 2009 6:42pm CST
One of the practices handed down over by generations in our country is the belief that making a lot of noise to welcome New Year wards off evil spirits. The night of December 31 and immediately before the clock ticks 12:00mn to end the year, people use a lot of things just to create noise. They light firecrackers, blow their car's horns, bang their pots and covers, blow their whistles, blow horns, turn on loud their tv and radio sets and a lot others. It is the belief that these are all made to ward off evil spirits and bad luck for the New Year. Do you believe on this? Do have any practices in your area which you do during the New Year's eve?
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• Philippines
29 Dec 09
In our place we also do that because that is what we believe. i don't really know if that is true but i do the same. There are lots of practices in the new year's eve but i don't think its wrong if we follow. Other people say that if you believe that what you do will come true it will. So let's just follow these practices.
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
Hi Triplejazz. Yes, most of us do some traditions and practices because they have been done for so long. They have become part of the celebration every year. Most of these beliefs are from our Chinese friends although some may be influenced by some of our colonizers before. Yes, I often hear people say that ... there is no harm in following the practice. Nothing will be lost and if there is truth to that, we even gain something, isn't it?
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
Yup, and we sometimes enjoy it. Well, Happy New Year!
• Philippines
31 Dec 09
Happy New Year to you and your family, too!
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
24 Dec 09
We owe this to the Chinese. But i don't believe making noise is one way to ward off evil spirits. Chinese are very business oriented, and the idea of warding evil spirits is just one way to increase profits and just like anything else this is just another business strategy. For the longest time, I've been hearing loud noises every new year but it never drive off evil spirits, instead what you see are people losing fingers, hands and whatever part of their body. Some are even hit by stray bullets. But this is tradition so we just have to live with it. What i just do is stay in the house where its safer. Cheers!
• Pamplona, Spain
24 Dec 09
Hiya ybong007, In Spain we let the New Year by eating grapes twelve grapes one for every stroke of the Clock and marzipan. When the Clock strikes Twelve we have to eat the twelve grapes all at the same time as the Clock is striking. Another one is to drink a Glass of Champas with it also. A lot of Fireworks go off all over Spain and they party way into the next Morning also they get dressed up in fancy dress to go with it. One time I saw a whole troop of Roman Soldiers get out of a Car dressed up of course. They were really good outfits the Helmet the lot.
• Philippines
24 Dec 09
Hi, Loving.. We also eat twelve pieces of grapes, too and should be consumed at the strike of twelve. Another tradition which sends people to search for the items is buying twelve different kinds of round fruits. Round things are a semblance for money. It is funny because sometimes, round-shaped fruits are scarce, enterprising people had to sell the unripe ones and people buy them too just to complete the number of round fruits for the table. There are still lots of superstitions and traditions here.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
29 Dec 09
Well I have never heard of this to be honest so I really do not know I guess if you believe in it then yes that could be a reason, but I really don't know and have never thought about it that way
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
Hi. Some people who live here may not even believe in the practice. Most people do it because this has been the tradition for generations. It may not be exactly the reason why they do it but I guess, it is more because of the merriment and happy mood in greeting the New Year. People are partying as they wait for the New Year's eve. Some though believe in it especially our Chinese friends here.
@MrNiceGuy (4148)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I don't believe in evil spirits so I don't believe in this tradition. As far as I know we make noise when it hits midnight because we are all drunk and cheering and we get to party and light fireworks in celebration.
• Philippines
24 Dec 09
Hi, MrNiceGuy. That is really a piece of nice comments! . Yes, New Year's eve is a time for parties. People have parties to welcome the New Year. It is from that party that the noise comes from, especially if people are drunk. That is true. Lots of fireworks, too during the occasion.
@kaylachan (4778)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
24 Dec 09
There are a couple of traditions here that I've never done, but know of. One of which is to give your partner, lover, or whatever a kiss as the strikes tweleve. )this can also be done by those who have someone they like.) Anyway its something I've heard but never done. A lot of parties go on, but the bigest would have to be the anual dropping of the ball from times square at exactly midnight on new years eve. It is the largest party and is broadcast nationally. But,that's all I know. For me personally its quiet.... which is fine by me.
• Philippines
24 Dec 09
Hi, Kaylachan. It depends on what is practiced in any given place. Thanks for the information on how it is usually done in your place. It is always nice to get new learnings. We make lots of noise here to welcome the New Year. Others may be in a party with family and friends. Being quiet and alone is fine. What matters is the hope in each person's heart --- hope for a better new year.
@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
24 Dec 09
To me, this is pure superstition. Here in the southern part of Texas is the first part of the US where this is generally practiced. Perhaps that is because we are close to Mexico. We consider it a practice that is fun for the young but annoying for us older folk. In most parts of the US, the young folk usually want to party at least until midnight on New Years eve. Then, they welcome the new year with a kiss by kissing the first available person of the opposite gender. It is the custom in all parts of the US with which I am familiar to eat black eyed peas on the first day of the new year to insure prosperity. In times past, the black eyed pea was considered to be fit only to feed livestock. Thus, it was eaten only by the very poor. Consuming such a meal indicates one's thriftiness. You may hear some mention eating Hoppin' John. That is a combination of black eyed peas and rice, usually seasoned with fat back.
• Philippines
24 Dec 09
Hi, Bellis. I am glad to know about what is practiced in your place. Through myLot, lots of information and learnings are shared --- I am happy to be here. I know that is it enjoyable for the young. For us who find this exercise noisy and annoying, had only to endure a few hours till they stop. Making loud noise has been the practice and tradition here. Some people may just be enjoying and having fun and merry-making during the occasion. Some do not even believe that it is done to ward off evil spirits.
@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Dec 09
We do see the New Year in every year,it is more like a tradition than anything else as even as a child i can remember both of my parents all the time seeing the year out a the new one in.I do not make any noise i just raise a glass in hope that the year coming is alot better than the year that has just gone.
• Philippines
24 Dec 09
Hi, Jugsjugs. Yes, it has become a practice and a tradition. It is difficult to break it as it has been passed over to generations. Almost all are doing it and we are doing what others do as practiced in our place. They may not be doing it because of the belief of warding off evil spirits (we are influenced by the Chinese with us), but they may just be simply celebrating the occasion. I will remember to raise a glass in the New Year knowing that you are doing it, too! Let us toast to that! lol
@PastorP (1174)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I don't make that type of noise now, but when I did when I was young, we were doing it just for fun and I guess just to be like others. I did hear of the theory about evil spirits, but I never did it because of that. I committed my life to Christ in 1970 and was called to the ministry. As a pastor I have often had watchnight church services where we prayed in the New Year. Praise and worship was also offered. Come to think of it, during those times we're not directly fighting the forces of darkness. We're just talking to God and praising Him.
• Australia
24 Dec 09
Hi, MMT! Well, for the past few years, as soon as the clock strikes midnight, i would always be outside, either on the balcony or when i'm celebrating the New Year. It's refreshing to breathe in the fresh air of the upcoming year and this is the moment where we set our resolutions and goals =) Merry Christmas!