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Polka dots, open windows and crisp bills — 5 quirky Filipino New Year traditions explained

Filipino New Year Traditions
  • New Year’s Eve remains one of the biggest festive celebrations in the Philippines.
  • Nany Filipinos celebrate with traditions associated with past generations’ superstitions and beliefs.

New Year’s Eve in the Philippines is not complete without the practice of a few quirky superstitions and traditions.

The day before Jan. 1 sees one of the biggest festive celebrations in the Philippines. In addition to the typical fireworks, many Filipinos celebrate with traditions associated with past generations’ superstitions and beliefs: 

Boy Blows Up Sidewalk After Dropping Sparkler in Manhole During Chinese New Year Festival

It’s time to ring in the Year of the Pig, but one boy in China almost didn’t make it into the New Year after playing with fireworks and setting off an explosion that destroyed part of the sidewalk.

The incident was caught on surveillance video as the 8-year-old boy appeared to be playing with lighted sparklers and dropping one into a manhole cover during Spring Festival celebrations in the Inner Mongolian city of Chifeng on January 30, according to Shanghaiist.

Naomi Osaka Appears in First TV Commercial in Cup Noodles Ad

Naomi Osaka

The 2018 U.S. Open champion, Naomi Osaka, just made her first appearance on a Japanese television ad, starring alongside fellow tennis player and countryman, Kei Nishikori, for Nissin cup noodles.

In the New Year ad, Osaka and Nishikori are pitted against each other in what appears to be a tennis match, until it is revealed that they are actually playing a game of hanetsuki, a traditional Japanese game involving rectangular wooden bats called hagoita often played during New Year’s, according to SoraNews24.

My New Year’s Resolution is to Embrace My Asian Heritage

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My New Year’s resolution for 2018, as I’ve been jokingly telling my friends and family for the past month, is to “be more Asian.” That’s an oversimplification, of course, but the intent is there. For the next 12 months, I’m focusing on different ways that I can embrace my Asian heritage through concrete goals.

In the spring of 2017, I visited China for the first time as an adult. It was an amazing, immersive, food-filled experience (have you ever had those deep fried mochi balls with taro filling? They’re divine), but it felt different to be there as an adult than it did as a child. Amidst all of these dynamic, accomplished people who looked like me … I found myself acutely lonely. 

Chinese President’s Bookshelf Reveals He’s Studying the World’s Next Game Changer

It has been a tradition for Chinese president Xi Jinping to address his citizens from inside his office at the beginning of the year, offering wishes and stating his plans for the coming months. This time, he has vowed that China will be the keeper of international order.

And with his New Year’s Day greeting, the bookshelf behind him has also become the subject of a customary inspection for some observers, according to Quartz.