Philippines New Year's Eve Superstition
January 6, 2018 5:07am CST
So, one of the Philippines new years' eve superstitions is to scatter coins around your house. Which means, all of the members of your household will have a prosperous year ahead. In the Philippines, where I live, it is a tradition (to most household) to scatter the coins when the clock strikes 12:00midnight (January 1st of the new year). All of the members of the household will eagerly collect coins right after. In our family, after we collect the coins, we will count it and the top 3 persons with the most number of collected coins will have a surprise prize. So, what are some of your country's traditions/superstitions that you practice every new year's eve? * the value of coins to be scattered depends on the budget of the household ** I got 718.00 Philippine Peso (or USD 14.4048) and placed as 2nd for the number of collected coins *** 1 PHP = 0.0200624 USD (per 01/06/2018 10:54 UTC)
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• Cambridge, England
In my childhood, my father would always 'bring the New Year in' as follows: A few minutes before midnight, he (as the oldest male in the house) would go outside and all of the lights in the house would be turned off. When midnight struck (in the early days, it would be the church clock but later, when we had a radio, it was the chimes of Big Ben), he would knock at the door holding a lighted candle and a piece of coal and my mother would open the door and kiss him. Then everyone would wish each other a Happy New Year and we would sing the song "For Auld Lang Syne" (which in English means "For Old Long Since" or "For Old Times Past") and we children would rush around the house turning on every light we could find. Drinks would be poured and we would all toast the New Year. I'm not sure where this tradition came from but I suspect that my father made it up - or adapted it - from "First Footing", which is a Northern English and a Scottish tradition which brings good luck and prosperity into the house. Both my mother and my father were born in Kent, which is in the South of England!
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@owlwings awesome tradition In my previous employment, as we celebrate the last working day, we also sing the For Auld Lang Syne. I hope the children are not bumping into each other while rushing around your house. If your father or your ancestors made up your tradition, I can say that they made up a good tradition in your family. It looks like that your family have a tight relationship.
Why don't you try it to your household this year? It's fun! And I believe that it is a general superstition. Everyone can practice it. What a family member collected, he can keep it to himself. He has a choice if he wants to keep it, put it in bank or spend it. It depends on him. "top 3 persons with the most number of collected coins will have a surprise prize" is only a instruction to our family for us to be eager to collect coins. It is not included in the superstition
It;s fun! Just throw and scatter the coins anywhere around the house and member of the household will pick it. Why don't you try it this NYE of 2019 in your new house? (by the way, please see another discussion I posted that entitled, "Behind the Scene Photo". It is a follow up photo of this discussion
As a child, I used to wait for the new year to get gifts of coins from older family members. Though this tradition is mostly followed, the young get it throughout the year now! I still treasure what my mother has given me but the amount is not the issue - siva
When I was young, my aunts and uncles would often tell us to put coins in our pocket before Midnight of New Year strikes. We also place coins in each windows of our home to welcome financial luck. Aside from coins, the jumping is also a superstitious belief that you will grew taller (which I am still hopeful that I would grow tall). Preparations in the table including the 12 fruits that are round - for financial luck. Wearing the lucky color. Lighting up all the lights in the house to shoo the bad vibes. Make a sound from your home as loud as you can and last but not the least is the cleanliness of your home, :)