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New Year Traditions for good luck

Everyone’s probably busy preparing for the New Year festivities. What New Year traditions do you observe for good luck?

Though we are a Chinese household, we practice only a handful of the usual traditions that are supposed to bring in good luck for the New Year.

One of the mainstays of our New Year spread is fish. Fish symbolizes prosperity because the Chinese terms for fish and for excess/ extra sound alike – “yu”. It does not even have to be an expensive kind of fish. Our favorite fish is pampano / pompano.

Here is a Chinese style steamed Pompano fish recipe that I usually prepare for New Year’s Eve.

steamed pampano fish chinese style


Filipinos prepare 12 kinds of round fruits on New Year’s Eve. In our household, it does not ┬ánecessarily have to be 12 or round. I always prepare tray of fresh and colorful fruits, though, for good measure. ­čśÇ

fruits new year traditions good luck

The boys in my family get haircuts a day or two before New Year. This is supposed to get rid of and leave behind the bad luck that the passing year brought. I would get a haircut too, just┬áso I look good welcoming the New Year, y’know. ­čśë

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