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5 Filipino New Year's Traditions
Welcome the New Year with the best of luck by following these small actions.

There's barely a week left until the New Year rolls in.  Having a diverse culture with Chinese, Spanish, and American influences, Filipinos have developed some unique traditions we now follow every year. As we bid farewell to 2015 and list down our resolutions for the 2016, TravelBook also shares 5 traditions Filipinos follow for the New Year. How many of these does your household follow? 

1. Make some noise.
In general, the practice of making noise for the New Year is believed to drive away evil spirits. As we try to progress into a safer way to celebrate the New Year, the Department of Health highly recommends the use of noisemakers instead of firecrackers and fireworks. This New Year’s Eve, have fun with friends and family and get creative using trumpets, toy instruments, and even your cellphones to ring in the New Year with some noise. 

2. Settle your debts.
It is said that how we start the New Year will reflect how the rest of our year will go. This means that if you have a lot of unsettled debt at the start of 2015, it will continue throughout the year. And so the belief goes that you must pay most, if not all, your debts so that your year will not be full of money problems. 

3. Line your pockets.
One thing everyone wants to attract at the start of the New Year—aside from good luck—is money. It is said that you should have money all around you as you welcome the New Year.  People often wear clothes with deep pockets to symbolize welcoming money. Make sure you have new bills in your wallet and pockets as well.

Read the full article, 5 Filipino New Year's Traditions, on TravelBook.ph.

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