Round Fruits: A Filipino Tradition—and Charm—on New Year’s Eve

As the current year is about to end in a few days’ time, Filipinos are excited prepping up for the coming of a new one. Apparently, New Year’s Eve is the most festive time of the year in the Philippines. Locals associate the celebration to a lot of things: New Year’s resolutions, firecrackers, firework displays, bright lights, noise-making instruments, polka dots, parties, parades, and reunions.

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The celebration of the coming year never goes without some traditions and superstitions.

For many Pinoys, the end of the year is the best time not just to reflect on how life has changed over the year but also to think of the ways to further improve it. Hence, many resort to holding on to traditions and charms with a belief that these help attract good vibes and luck.

In welcoming the “New Year,” Filipino families prepare round fruits on their dining tables. This is with a belief that anything round signifies endless prosperity for the whole family.

How Many?

Preparing round fruits is so easy but there always seems a confusion or a minor problem. Undeniably, each household has varying views on which fruits and how many types of fruits to have.

Ten? Twelve? Or thirteen “lucky” fruits? You decide.

What You Should Have


There may be variations on the kinds of fruits to prepare, but the following are the 12 most common fruits that locals put on their tables:

  • Grapes
  • Kastanyas
  • Chico
  • Pear
  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Mango
  • Banana
  • Melon
  • Pomelo
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon


If you are not able to buy any of the above-mentioned fruits or you are not particular with the number of fruits to put on your table, you may also have any of the following alternative fruits:

  • Guava
  • Dalandan
  • Lychee
  • Lemon
  • Avocado
  • Papaya

Each of these “lucky” fruits has its corresponding meaning—something that most Filipinos recognize as showing of Chinese influence.

How Much?

Prices for each of these fruits vary per type and location. One thing is for sure: prices could go up and reach the highest mark as the occasion draws near. The good thing is, you are free to buy the ones that are within your budget.

Thoughts to Ponder

Lucky or not, there’s nothing wrong if we celebrate New Year’s Eve with these circular fruits, regardless of their number. Just always bear in mind that eating these fruits is one good way to stay healthy this festive season.

Just be sure to arrange these fruits well so they will look attractive and mouth-watering once uploaded to your social media accounts!

May we all have a prosperous 2016!

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