Here are Tagalog lessons about the New Year.

Filipinos have several beliefs about the coming New Year. For example, some of us believe that wearing clothes with polka dots will usher in a year of prosperity because the dots look like money (coins). The more dots, the more money.

We’re also asked to eat twelve round fruits (usually grapes). One fruit for each “bong” of the clock at midnight. The round fruits represent money since our coins are round. It also helps if you have money in your pocket.

Children are also asked to jump like crazy at the stroke of midnight. The higher they jump, the taller they will grow in the coming year.

People who owe you money are encouraged to settle their debts before the year ends, lest they stay in debt the rest of the new year.

All the lights in the house are switched on. Doors and windows are also opened to bring in good luck. Unfortunately, that also brings in the smoke from the firecrackers.

Tagalog Words / Phrases

Magsuot ka ng damit na may polka dots – Wear something with polka dots.
Kumain ka ng labindalawang ubas – Eat 12 grapes.
May pera ka na ba sa bulsa? – Do you have money in your pocket?

Tumalon kayong lahat – Jump, all of you.
Taasan ninyo – Higher!

Binayaran mo na ba ang utang mo? – Have you settled your debts?

Buksan lahat ng ilaw – Open all the lights.
Buksan ang pinto – Open the door.
Buksan lahat ng bintana – Open the windows.

Ang ingay! – It’s so noisy!
O, mag-ingat sa paputok – Hey, be careful of firecrackers.
Ang usok… – There’s so much smoke.

Maligayang Pasko – Merry Christmas
at – and a…
Manigong Bagong Taon – Happy New Year!

Maligo kayo – Take a bath
sa bagong taon – In the coming year

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