Traditional Filipino Foods For New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is celebrated in a loud and festive way by Filipinos. I can say that it is loud because of the firecrackers, fireworks, sound system and even videoke machine being turned on and set up at its loudest state to welcome the fresh new year to come. I can say that it is festive because of the delectable foods at the table of each and every Filipino family.

 Filipinos do have traditional foods and delicacies that must be placed on the table before 12 midnight or New Year hits. It can only be eaten and consumed after the welcome celebration. It is believed that by offering and eating this traditional foods, luck and good fortune will be receive for the full fresh 12 months ahead. In case you wanted to know what are those traditional foods, here is a quick list. 

Pancit (Noodles)

Pancit symbolizes and signifies longer life. The longer the noodles the better. Any kind of noodle or pancit dish will do. From pancit bihon to Filipino style spaghetti. What matter the most here is that, the noodles shouldn't be cut short. 

 Filipino Delicacy Made From Malagkit (Glutinous Sticky Rice)
This kind of food is said to make luck and fortune stick (because of the food's sticky characteristic) for the whole year. Any kind of delicacy will do. Biko, suman and calamay are the favorites.

12 Round Sweet Fruits
The 12 fruits symbolizes the 12 months of a year. Although some prepares 13 , most Filipinos follow the traditional number of 12 kinds. Some fruits are being substituted with other rounded vegetables and some are even substituted with other shaped fruits just to meet the traditional 12. Few Pinoys are even using or mixing it up with round shaped chocolates or candies.

Lechon (Roasted Suckling Pig)
For Filipinos with bigger budgets, lechon is also added at the table. Although this Filipino dish doesn't symbolizes anything for new year's eve celebration, it can really fullfil a not food related tradition: not dishing out or spending money at the first day of January. Why? well, Filipinos can turn the left over lechon into lechon paksiw.

That lechon paksiw can serve as the menu for the whole 1st day of the brand new year. Aside from the foods stated above, there are still a lot that can be mentioned in this post. If you wanted to add something up, why not share it via the comment section below.

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  1. first 3 is always present..except for lechon..kasi mahal..
    but i think lechon makes us very Pinoy no?..(craving)


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