Thinking of what to prepare tomorrow night for our media noche, to celebrate the coming of the new year. Usually, we celebrate a new leaf in the calendar with lots of sweets like fruit or buko salad, cakes and the usual food like pancit, pasta, embutido, lumpiang shanghai, menudo (mostly Chinese and Spanish recipes handed down from one generation to the next). The price of buko (young coconut) has significantly gone up over the years. It now costs P35 per piece whereas a year or two ago, it could be bought at P20 to P25.
Celebration of new year here in our country is steeped in tradition. I blogged about this years ago how we celebrate New Year. It is pretty normal that two days before new year, wet markets and grocery stores are filled with people shopping for fruits and sweets, must items that should be on the table come media noche. Tradition says that having twelve kinds of fruits on the table brings luck, any round fruit will do but some are specific about what fruits to serve on the table. When they are not in season though, they cost sky-high. It is only during this time that you will see so many fruits displayed in the market. Even lechon (a roasted suckling pig) could be bought whole or by the kilo. It’s one of the usual recipes that is served during Christmas and New Year. I bought some fruits already, half-a kilo each for the small ones, pineapple and honey-dew but they are not yet complete. There are only six items in all but the fruit basket is already filled. m I have to go back to the market tomorrow for the rest. I am thinking of preparing chicken ala king, menudo, the usual baked ham, and finger food like lumpiang shanghai (spring rolls). Pasta of course will not be left behind or pancit for long life, so they say.
Attending the New Year’s Eve mass is also practiced by most Catholics here. It used to be that mass was held at exactly 12am but that was changed over the years since you cannot hear the celebration properly with the sound of fireworks all around. I don’t know why but they haven’t totally banned the use of firecrackers. It is still a big business particularly in some towns in Bulacan.They pose a serious and environmental health dangers, it’s pollution to the max. I wonder why some people can’t do away with all these toxic chemicals. We never buy firecrackers, our neighbors’ display are more than enough to pollute the air in our village.
How do you greet the new year in your area? Do you have the same traditions like we do here? May the coming 2017 be a brighter and better year for us. May it always be filled with faith, hope and peace.
HAPPY 2017 !!!