In each country, we have our own customs and traditions to welcome the new year. In the Philippines, one common tradition it to prepare 13 fruits – we call this “13 Lucky Fruits for the New Year“. My holiday season was really busy so I took the chance to order a set from Ms. Sahlie Baquiran, their store is called Cody’s la Tienda through Facebook.
|The “13 Lucky Fruits for the New Year” were packed in a set, impressive!|
Our family has been practicing this tradition ever since, you might be wondering why its 13, an unlucky number. As I surf the internet for the reason behind this, I stumbled upon CNN’s iReport stories (not vetted) and here’s what I’ve got:
“13 is actually a lucky number and having round fruits signifies coins so having a lot will bring luck and prosperity this coming 2009 (year)… Most people follow these traditions because of the luck that they would like to earn… Sometimes, effort in earning a living is not enough, people resort to beliefs to help them strive better even if its only on the psychological level… ” says iReport user jvabellar.
I have nothing against the family tradition, in fact, I look forward to our 2014 “13 Lucky Fruits for the New Year”. I believe it is sort of a neutralizer from the meaty season that has passed. May all this 13 fruits bring good health for more wealth. Again, from the bottom of my heart, Happy New Year!
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