Happy New Year!

In the central Philippines, called the Visayas, New Year’s is celebrated with a bowl of 12 different round fruit. The fruit represent prosperity for the coming year. My wife brought this tradition from her native Philippines. Our cultures combine and we toast the new year with champagne. Later, we’ll practice Native-American traditions and smudge the whole apartment with a smouldering sage stick. We’ll be asking all the bad feelings/spirits to leave and sweeping them out with a broom.

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Almost forgot…I like to play Also Sprach Zarathustra to bring in the New Year.

I’d love to hear how everyone else celebrates the New Year. No matter how you do it, blessings and prosperity to you in the coming year!

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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17 Responses to Happy New Year!

  1. pattisj says:

    What a lovely fruit plate. Our tradition is to tune in at the last minute to watch the ball drop in Times Square while hearing the neighbors set off firecrackers–boring, huh? Thanks for sharing your interesting traditions.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! We’ll be doing that too. The firecrackers are going off now with an hour and a half to go. No time like the present, I suppose. Thanks much for writing in and…Happy New Year!

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  2. Happy New Year – and all the very best for 2014! I have to admit, I slept through the new year this time..

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. My wife is sleeping right now with 30 mins to go. I’m looking forward to some champagne, but I’ll be in the sack shortly after that. Hope you have a wonderful 2014!

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  3. List of X says:

    Happy new year! For fun, we watched Leonid Brezhnev’s (USSR president 60’s to 80’s) 1971 New Years address. (There’s an old Soviet/Russian tradition of watching the presidents making their New Year’s State of the Union-like speech a few minutes before midnight 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Now that’s different! How interesting. Do you speak Russian, first of all? And how did you decide to adopt this one?

      Hope your New Year is starting off great.

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      • List of X says:

        I’m originally from Russia, and my Russian is better than my English. So that’s not an adopted tradition. Except a lot of people watch these speeches, in hipster speak, “ironically” (this may have been a part of the tradition from Soviet times). However, with current speeches from Putin, people watch because of the tradition, and because people are genuinely interested in what he has to say, and because the president is wishing you a happy new year). But what better way to make it more “ironic” than to watch a speech about how communism is making great strides and Soviet Union is stronger than ever? 🙂

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      • EagleAye says:

        How interesting! Certainly Putin is helping to revive Russia from a substantial decline. I think the last thing Americans desire is to hear from their leaders on New Year’s eve. After Congress doing so little as usual, I suspect no one has the patience for further blathering.

        In any event, I never knew about this. My former Russian co-workers never mentioned it. Although, they had some choice words about Uncle Joe. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. Lyn says:

    Happy New Year Mr. Momus. May it be filled with blessings. I had dinner with a friend, then at ten o’clock, she went home to phone her daughter and I went night-nights 🙂

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  5. Since hitting middle age, I’ve learned to ring in the new year with a good night’s sleep. It’s way better than the old tradition of nursing a hangover and wondering where my shoes are. Happy new year!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! I’ve been dodging the city streets for at new years for years now. I don’t want some drunk to ruin my new year. I like having fun at home. I think it’s a perfectly awesome way to start the year. 😉

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  6. Al says:

    Happy New Year Eric

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  7. julie says:

    Great tradition from Shey! Mike and I haven’t seen the ball drop in years. We usually do a bar crawl and are lights out by 8. =[

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