In anticipation and hope for a better year ahead, time-tested New Year’s Eve traditions that have been passed on from generations will be observed around the country tomorrow night in the hope of attracting good fortune, good health, and prosperity for the brand new year as well as to ward off bad luck and negative energies amid the on-going pandemic.

Despite the year-long health crisis, New Year’s eve traditions remain well observed. In many homes, a basket of 12 circular fruits will form part of the centerpiece on dining tables for prosperity in each of the twelve months of the year 2021.


Many will also be eating 12 round fruits while wearing red or clothes with polka dots or anything that has circles on it for good fortune.

Some will throw coins or shake coins inside metal containers and fill their pockets with coins while walking around the house for improved finances in the coming year.

Lights will be turned on in every corner of the house.

Coins will be placed on staircases, inside pockets, windows, and doors, which will be flung open at the onset of the New Year – all in the spirit of attracting good fortune and more blessings in the coming year.

Children will also be made to jump in the belief that this will help them grow taller. New Year resolutions are also traditionally listed down.

Many families will gather for the traditional Media Noche via zoom while those who are fortunate enough to be together will most likely, spend the celebration with caution and a shorter period of time.

This tradition is held in thanksgiving for the blessings of the year gone by although for many, 2020 was not a very good year.

Many celebrate the last day of the year with mixed emotions – joy and reflection – hearts filled with hope for the brand new year.

Catholic churches traditionally celebrate New Year’s Eve masses between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Source: Manila Bulletin (