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Fruits that keep your fortunes year-round PDF Print E-mail
Written by apocarthinic   
Friday, 28 December 2012 00:51

This time of year, expect an orange in a fruit-stand to be priced three or four times. And better yet, expect people to buy it, as if it’s alright. Tis the season to be merry and so be it; don’t sour your new year, let traditions rock and let the new year roll.

This time too, the prices are not just for oranges. It goes to most round fruits.

But people still flock to the stands like crazy, collecting a 12 round fruit table centerpiece for the new year.

The manic panic buying happens for the belief that, when one has completed the list of 12 round fruits, good fortunes for the family await the new year through.

In the preparation of the new year, Boholanos, like Filipinos who have kept Spanish-introduced or Chinese influenced traditions, put up 12 smooth round fruits: one for each month.


And for the more picky, they are not contented with round fruits, they go by another tough category: round and sweet fruits.

Don’t ever mess with those fruits that are sour or those with spikes, or the whole new year be similarly a downer, suggests one fruit stand owner.

That means no to whole durian fruit, rambutan, guyabano, jackfruit and atis.

Roundness signify continuous blessing while the sweetness is believed to bring in sweet fortunes, she said while tending to a good number of customers, three days before the new year’s eve when the fruit centerpiece is laid out on the family table.

This too causes the spike in prices of oranges, chicos, purple grapes (ubas), off-season star-apples, lanzones, guavas, mangosteen, watermelon, cantaloupe, pomelos, pomegranates and cherries. If it were not for the seasons of goodwill, the spike would trigger endless consumer complaints.

In a place where 12 round fruits may be too tough to complete, everything goes become the next rule of thumb.

For want of the 12, even non circular fruits get into the list: apples, mangoes, papayas, avocados, pears, qumquats (kikiats) or Chinese golden oranges, coconut fruits and even atis, guyabano and bananas become fair game.

Better have one sour than not completing the list and miss a month of good fortune, a mother of two admits.

For those hard-up collecting the 12 kinds: 12 purple grapes in a bunch will do, a stall vendor said, apparently attempting to convince a visibly financially constrained buyer.

In the Philippines when the last day of the year is a holiday, it sets the stage for one of the most festive seasons in a year. This is especially true on the midnight table.

New year’s eve, commonly the Bisperas sa Bag-ong Tuig is the perfect season to pick everything right to step into a prosperous new year.

Here, the new-year’s eve is an occasion calling for special food preparation.

Eyeing a year of long life and new beginnings, attracting and allowing fortunes to stick is common in the menu.

For this, pancit or noodles in any preparation is common. Expect pancit miki, canton, bihon, lomi, vermicelli or spaghetti common in the fare.

Most preferred however are egg noodles, which are believed to signify new beginnings, although noodles generally signify long life.

While lechon (roast pig) still rates high among those who can afford, some believe pig or pork on new year’s eve does not auger well; a belief commonly held, due to a pig’s lifestyle.

Best options: carabeef for hardwork.

Fish and chicken are also downers: these endlessly scour for food the whole year and are obviously not as good for the family.

In Bohol, a new year’s eve would not be complete as well, without the traditional delicacies, those especially made from glutinous rice.

Malagkit: biko burned upside, biko, suman pilit: either tam-is or budbod and calamay are perfect to let fortunes stick throughout the year.

Sweet smelling food is also good: ripe langka (jackfruit) or durian fruit pulp, are commonly chosen to attract good fortunes.

Now what happens to those who are too impoverished to buy the 12 fruits centerpiece?

Good relationships among neighbors are the best fruit-centerpiece, many say.

For years, tradition carriers have passed on the practice. For the same period of time perhaps, those who wish they were as fortunate dreamt of putting up the 12 fruits, but were never able to.

They still survived the good and bad times enough to anticipate another new year and thank for it.

Whatever it is, a true fare for a thanksgiving meal never has any strict menu.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 July 2013 23:54