Filipinos have several customs to greet and celebrate the New Year with. Some of these involve the home, and how one might decorate and arrange it to receive good fortune in the coming year.
Albeit rooted in superstition, there's nothing to lose in participating in these practices -- it's all in good fun. Try your hand at these touted good luck guidelines among your New Year preparations:
Let there be light
Before the clock strikes midnight on the last day of the year, switch on all the lights in your home to ensure that you'll have a bright year ahead.
Let in good luck
On New Year's Eve, keep your doors, windows, cabinets, cupboards, and drawers open. This, according to popular belief, will allow good fortune to come and settle into your home.
Deck your dinner table with twelve types of round fruit: grapes, apples, oranges, berries, watermelons, and grapefruit are popular choices, for instance. Each fruit is meant to stand for each month of the year, and their round shape signifies money or wealth.
Once the second hand hits 12, make noise in your home by banging pots and pans, or by blowing New Year trumpets and horns. An age-old custom, making noise on the New Year is said to drive evil spirits from the home.
Keep the broom in the closet on New Year's day. Superstition has it that cleaning on the first day of the year will sweep all your good fortune away.