One tradition from the Philippines, in preparation for the New Year, is to collect 7 types of round fruits. The round shape signifies money or wealth and will bring prosperity in the family, while seven is believed to be a lucky number. Pangga and I stretched this a bit and bought 12 kinds of fruits to represent the 12 months in a year.
We just stayed home on the first day of the year 2008 because I told Pangga that another belief is not to spend any money on that day, so you won't get into the habit of spending all your money for the whole year. He had the urge to go to the store more than once,(hehehe) but I persuaded him not to. I guess it's more of practicing self-discipline on how to manage your expenses. Not spending your money on the start of the year, will be a constant reminder on not to overspend. Makes sense? It does to me.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
In the afternoon, we watched the Rose Bowl on ESPN : Illinois vs. USC. Of course we rooted for the Fighting Illini, that's why we wore our Illini t-shirts. Go Illini! Eric's dad was watching it too. Unfortunately, our team did not win. Anyway, we still had fun cheering and clapping.
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