2016 is finally coming to a close. It’s been a very busy year, with my dad’s surgery, me coming back to the States, the elections and a whole lot more crammed in. There have been plenty of ups and downs, but it’s finally ending soon. In fact, by the time you read this article, it would already be 2017.
Me and my dad were talking a few days ago, and he told me as a joke that I should sell those little horn things called turotot here. It made me realize how different new year is celebrated here. I’m accustomed to a whole lot of noise, people smacking pots and pans, motorcycles dragging sheets of metal, trucks with people blowing horns, and a whole lot more. In a lot of places in the Philippines, fireworks are a favorite for new years, but in Davao, they’re banned, so we resort to other ways to make noise.
My grandma told me that they do have fireworks here during new years. I also know that there are tons of parties. Big ones like the one in Times Square or small house parties, there’ll be plenty of them here. It seems weird to me that some businesses will be open during new years, but it’s like that for a lot of holidays here, so I shouldn’t be surprised. In the Philippines, almost every store will be closed, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any place open on new years, but then again, I never went out during that time because I didn’t need to.
Traditions also seem very different. Me and my family always have 12 round fruits for good luck. Some in the Philippines also believe that jumping during new years eve will make you taller. Here, I haven’t heard of anything like that.
I mentioned there being plenty of parties here in the States above, but I forgot that in the Philippines there will probably be a lot if fiestas too. Tons of food, tons of fun and most likely tons of booze, there will definitely be plenty of them around the country.
My brother right now is on break from school. I know that here, school starts around August or September, compared to the Philippines, where it starts in June. We usually started Christmas break on the 21st of December, which is the day we celebrate our Christmas party with our classmates, and came back around the 3rd or 4th of January. I would assume it’s the same here, but with so many differences between the 2 countries, there’s a chance they do it differently here, like maybe there’s class after Christmas but before new years or something, lol.
Well, that’s about it for this one. I hope everyone has a great new year. I’m not really one for new year resolutions, but if I did have one it would probably be along the lines of getting more done and not being lazy anymore. What’s your new year resolution?