New Year’s 12 Circular Fruit

There’s a lot of Filipino superstitions for New Years Eve, such as filling your pockets with coins, putting coins around the house, jumping, and turn on all the lights.  What do you do? 

A tradition within Philippines is to have 12 circular fruit ready for the New Year to welcome prosperity into the home!  Each fruit represents each month, and the roundness symbolises coins. The more different they are from each other, the better. I might swop one later for a pineapple! In order to fulfill this superstition some extra money, all the fruit need to be consumed before they go off. (Not everyone does this)  A bit of a challenge! You may laugh, but every time I have done this, it has worked!

Decent salary increase, bonuses, gifts, and PPI claims between Martin and I within the last few years has given us the extra dosh! I’m not a traditionalist but this one is the exception!New years 12 circular fruit


There is always more than 12 circular fruits in the supermarkets.  A lot of them come in packs, so I always end up giving the spares to family so they are not running around looking for 12 fruit on the day.  I have Cantaloupe Melon, Grapes, Mango, Pear, Kiwi, Peach, Pomegranate, Plum, Peach, Passion fruit, Apple, Persimmons.  I might swop one for a Pineapple! then to use them up – I just make smoothies and have some for breakfast!  Also handy to give some to JJ.

I hope the New Year exceeds all your expectations sprinkled with loads of love and joy !

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  1. Wow, this is so cool.
    I LOVE fruit, but I knew nothing about this tradition. It’s fun to learn about new ideas, so I appreciate you sharing this with the rest of us.
    This is one of those things that regardless of the reason you do it, there are benefits. You said it has worked to bring prosperity into your home, but it also brings good health and well-being.
    Just reading about this has made me crave the fruits you mentioned here. Pineapple is one of my favorites, and now I really want one 

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