Monday, December 31, 2012
Common New Year Beliefs
We Filipinos are accustomed to different "pamahiin" or elderly beliefs, be it our own or adapted from our neighboring nations, or the influence of other countries, especially those who colonized us before. An occasion like the New Year, isn't exempted even in my family. Although we don't really talk about it that much, we respect each others belief as long as no one gets to any trouble believing it, it's fine with us. Well, I'll be sharing with you some of it.
Taking a bath. Yup, there are just people too lazy of taking even a short shower during the cooler months. But not this day my friend, wash away your misfortunes along with all your dirt so you'll have a clean start in the first day of the year and leave all your bad lucks in the past year. But if you still think that nothing had change, look again, at least now you're clean.
Making noise. Believed to be driving away bad spirits and unwanted aura or elements. Even if we are a firecracker free city, there's just a lot of things that can be used around in making noise. And you need not teach the kids how to make them. beeeeep... tooooottt... waaaaahhh... claaang... booogg... hahahaa... But how do we know that the spirits are affected by such noise? Oh well, at least we have fun doing it, and no one complains this time.
Wearing polka dots. Circles represent coins or money, and wearing them is believed to give the person good inflow of money throughout the year. Well, in that case, I'll be wearing rectangles instead or have a shirt printed with money of huge denominations. Who knows, it'll work. But if it doesn't, cheer up, its not everyday you can wear your favorite polka dots shirt... the long wait is finally over.
Putting coins in your pocket. So that it won't be empty towards the year. Then you give them away after, by tossing the coins to the air while the kids pick them up for themselves. The sound of the coins are also good luck, and so as sharing your blessings to them, good karma. For that, I won't be recommending bills here, unless of course you're prepared in giving it away. And the bills don't make any sound, unless they are in bundle. If that happens, count me in... I'm joining the fun...
Preparing and eating sweet sticky foods. That if you have something sweet and sticky in your "media noche", good things stick along with it. But just a friendly reminder, especially to other places were firecrackers are allowed... sticky foods, hands and firecrackers, is not a very wise combination.
Rounded fruits. Another thing that represents money is the rounded shape fruits. I'm not quite sure if it's the number of kinds of rounded fruits or is it okay even if you have just one or two kinds as long as you have plenty of them. Anyway, whatever the case maybe here, no one is more happier than the seller of these overpriced fruits for the New Year.
Jumping high. They say, the higher you jump, the taller you'll get. But genes don't lie. Probability of 99.99% you'll get your parents height and with proper health, might be more taller than them. But hey, while you are in midair, you'll see others a little bit shorter than you are, even for a moment. And it's fun to jump with others, right? Then again, I believe miracles do happen.
A lot of people may say that there's really no logical connection in doing these beliefs to getting the wanted result. And the only way in getting these things is by working really hard (for material wealth) and having good and balance intake of foods (for growth and health). But, there are still mysterious things happening in these world that even science cannot explain. And I don't mind a little belief with some hope and a lot of prayers, if it could give a person a kick start to begin his year. More, it's quite fun looking and/or joining the kids jumping none stop and scrambling for coins and just having some silly moments, than being so prim and proper for such jolly occasion. Happy 2013 everyone and may Yahweh bless each day according to what we need most.