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Mabuhay: Spending the New Year with Your Filipina Girlfriend in the Philippines

A fireworks display. Other than Christmas, New Year in the Philippines is also a jolly occasion.

The one hundred and eleven million smiles of the Filipinos are unmatched.

According to the United Nations’ 2021 World Happiness Report, the Philippines ranked 7th in the happiest country in Asia list, surpassing 23 other countries in the region. It’s no surprise since Filipinos are known for their cheerful personalities.

Why is this so? Could it be that they’ve mastered the art of pretending that it’s almost impossible for them not to smile and be cheery?

The truth is, Filipinos are simply optimistic. They can always see the good in the bad while turning the situation around. Despite their undisguised hustle and struggle to make life better for themselves and their families, people in the Philippines can’t help but keep a positive attitude.

Interestingly, their optimism has grown so apparent that it has become a part of the country’s culture. No matter what time of year it is, they won’t run out of occasions to celebrate, whether big or small, and this is how the Filipinos got the world fascinated by them.

What is New Year like in the Philippines?

The New Year is one of the widely celebrated holidays as it marks the start of a new year in the Gregorian calendar. In the Philippines, they consider it an important occasion that should be spent with their family.

During this holiday, it is a Filipino tradition to stay awake until the wee hours of the morning to welcome the first day of the year. Families are gathered in their homes, making noises, lighting firecrackers, sharing gifts, and most especially, enjoying a meal together.

Filipinos hope and believe that the New Year opens abundant opportunities for them, thus the grandiose celebrations.

Filipino Beliefs and Superstitions during the New Year

It’s no secret how the Filipinos lavishly celebrate Christmas. But if you think that’s the best they’ve got, well, it actually isn’t. In reality, New Year in the Philippines is a lot more extravagant and exuberant.

Festivities and enthusiasm aside. One of the things that make their celebration stand out is their superstitions. Because Filipinos have high regard for their heritage, they continue to practice them until this very day.

While it may not be as prominent as it was many years ago, here are some examples of customs and traditions in the Philippines during the New Year:

  1. Wear polka dots.

While some of you wear the colors of the year during this holiday, it’s a little different when you’re in the Philippines. To them, wearing polka dots on New Year’s Day can bring you good fortune, as it is believed that round shapes symbolize wealth and prosperity.

An image of a family. Filipinas show their love for their heritage by adhering to the Philippine customs and traditions on the New Year.
  1. Serve the 12 round fruits for good luck.

Just what is it with Filipinos and rounded objects?

If you want to get lucky for the whole year, it’s best to prepare 12 round fruits on your table. Each fruit represents a month of the year, hence the number. Collectively, it symbolizes good fortune.

  1. Jump high at the strike of twelve.

Do you wonder why it seems like your arms were made solely for cuddling your Filipina girlfriend?

In Asia, Filipinos are the second shortest race. This explains why they jump as high as they can on the midnight of January 1st. It’s a superstition that those who do this will grow a few inches taller.

  1. Leave the windows and doors open while the faucets and lights are on.

For Filipinos, windows and doors are opened to let good luck enter the house, the same way faucets and house lights are left turned on.

  1. Display a lot of coins.

To attract more money for the rest of the year, Filipinos display an awful lot of coins everywhere in their houses. In fact, they may even toss them on the floor on New Year’s Day!

  1. Do a general house cleaning.

It’s not only in the Philippines, but cleaning houses on New Year is a shared tradition all over the world.

It is how Filipinos attract harmony and order for the new year. Also, a home celebration with the family is more appealing if the house is clean.

  1. Make noise.

Filipinos love noise on this day. As part of the tradition, torotots (hornpipes) are blown, pots and pans are banged together, and speakers blast at their highest volume. This is because extremely loud noises are believed to ward off evil and unwanted spirits.

True enough, it’s more fun in the Philippines. If these Philippine customs and traditions aren’t enough to make you want to spend New Year with your Filipina woman, we don’t know what will.

The 12 Lucky Fruits

Shopping amidst the holiday rush can be troublesome. There are long lines everywhere, and food stocks are hardly enough. Not only that, but prices skyrocket so fast that you don’t even notice.

Filipino food. As a long-distance couple, it's time you break the distance and spend the New Year together!

To make shopping a lot more bearable for you, we’ve listed down the 12 lucky fruits you can buy for the New Year’s celebration:

  1. Apples (mansanas)

  2. Dalandan

  3. Grapes (ubas)

  4. Lemon

  5. Mandarin oranges (kiat kiat)

  6. Mangoes (mangga)

  7. Melons

  8. Pear (peras)

  9. Pineapple (pinya)

  10. Plum (sirwelas)

  11. Pomelo

  12. Ponkan

What the New Year Means for Your Relationship

The charm of celebrating the New Year together as a long-distance couple is rooted in cultural meaning. For many, the New Year brings a lot of hope, opportunities, and possibilities. It signals a fresh start.

If you’re in a stable relationship, you look back at what the year has been like for you and call to mind the challenges you overcame, the lessons you learned, and all the other important things you value about your relationship.

It is also when you feel thankful for having found each other and being together. Generally, the New Year captivates positive emotions and lets you feel a hundred times happier than you usually are.

At the same time, the holiday itself is your perfect excuse to see her, no matter how far, and make the occasion impactful for your relationship.

Now that you have more reasons to celebrate the New Year with her, why not push through your plans? Visit the Philippines and experience a Filipino New Year.

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