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Friday, January 2, 2015

Culture Matters: New Year's Celebration in the Philippines

Well, did you survive New Year's Celebration in the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila?  If you are reading this, you probably did, congratulations!!!  As you probably have observed and realized by now, Filipinos become 'holiday monsters' (my mother would say, nangaungo) and the Philippines turn into a "shopper's nightmare or paradise" whichever way you look at it, whenever the holiday rush begins.  The holiday slowly culminates first during Christmas Eve 'noche buena', where everyone just stops his/her shopping sprees and spends time in feasting and gift-giving.  After the midnight feast and gift-giving, Filipinos take a rest because they are practically spent the days before it.  However, on Christmas Day itself, Filipinos seem to have found a  new energy source and then start their New Year preparations again.   It's such a wonder how they become indefatigable 'party-goers' during this season. 

What words did you hear while the explosions of firecrackers was happening?  

Here are some of them:

firecrackers - pabuto
exploding - nagbuto-buto/gabuto-buto
explosive - mobuto
about to explode - mobutohay/kabutohon

You can comment more about words that you think are common during the New Year's celebration.

Malipayong Bag-ong Tuig kanatong tanan!!!

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