How To Arrange Fruits For New Year. Are you always wondered how to arrange fruits for New Year? So do many people do. Fruit is indeed a good decoration for New Year. You can arrange fruits with several methods, but some of them are nice to see and easy to do. Now , let’s take the simple look at five easy ways to arrange fruits for New Year.
Round Fruit Ideas for the Filipino New Year’s Eve Tradition
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Fruits for New Year
The two most widely celebrated holidays in the Philippines are Christmas and New Year. Filipinos have a long preparation for Christmas, which starts once the “ber” months begin. The “ber” months, as Filipinos call them, start with September. Once September begins, one will start to see Christmas lanterns on sale alongside streets and stores with Christmas carols playing on radios and TV commercials.
Stores and malls get crazy during the Christmas gift-hunting season. As soon as Christmas is over, the attention shifts towards the coming New Year, and the crowds move from the malls to the grocery stores. This is because people are preparing for the New Year’s tradition of serving 12 round fruits.
Why 12 Round Fruits?
New Year is the second most celebrated holiday in the country, and one tradition Filipinos have for welcoming the New Year is serving 12 (or sometimes 13) circular fruits on the table. The practice is believed to attract good luck and fortune for the new year.
The fruits are also believed to welcome prosperity into the home. The round shape of the fruits symbolizes coins or money; thus, having these fruits on New Year’s Eve is a sign of prosperity and abundance for the household. And the number 12 represents each month in a year.
Can’t think of 12 types of round-shaped fruits? Don’t worry—you can choose from this list of 20 different fruits as you prepare for this most eagerly awaited holiday.
Apples are one of the most common fruits available all year round. This healthy fruit is available in green and red varieties. Some prefer the red one because of the color—red for good luck as you welcome a new year. And yet the color green is associated with money. So which one would you choose? Why not have both colors of apples?
Who would leave watermelon off their list? This juicy fruit is a good source of vitamin C and is native to Africa. It’s often present among the 12 New Year’s Eve fruits.
Too big, you say? If you worry that a watermelon would take up too much space next to the other fruits, you still have some options. There are varieties of watermelon that are smaller and also perfectly round. Some are seedless, too!
Back in the Philippines, grapes are one of the fruits we display on New Year’s Eve. So now grapes will always be one of the first fruits that comes to my mind when the hunt for 12 round fruits begins.
Don’t forget the cantaloupe—I love this fruit. I could indulge in a bowl of cantaloupe on a hot summer day. So, if this fruit is available where you are, you will want one to complete your display with cantaloupe.
5. Longan Fruits
Longan fruits are round and make a perfect addition to your 12 round fruits. They are delicious and sweet! This is one of my favorites that I never skip if they are available at my regular grocery market.
Fun fact: Longans are known in China as “dragon eye” because they look like the bulbous eye of a dragon.
Plums are good-looking fruits, aren’t they? They’re juicy, healthy and good for you, so don’t leave them behind.
Eating this fruit’s juicy, yellow, creamy pulp will help you live healthier; the fruit is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. And they are available all year round, so don’t worry about missing them at the grocery store when you need them to complete your fruit table.
7. Asian Pears
Seeing Asian pears hanging from a tree makes me imagine savouring every bite of this delicious fruit, as if I can really hear the sound of biting into a crisp, juicy pear.
This pear cultivar has other names, too: sand pear, nashi pear and apple pear. It is also known by its places of origin: Korean pear, Japanese pear and Chinese pear.
Fruits for Lunar New Year
Fruits are essential foods for celebrating Lunar New Year. In this post, I’ll share some unique and delicious fruits to enjoy during this festive holiday. In an earlier post, I shared with you the must-have foods for Lunar New Year and it got me to thinking about the variety and abundance of fruits for Lunar New Year. I’ll share the significance of having fruits, where to buy these fresh delights and how to make the perfect fruit plate for Lunar New Year.
Meaning of Fruits for Lunar New Year
The beauty of fruits is the connection to Mother Earth and the vibrant, cyclic nature of life. Fruits, in many cultures, represent growth, vitality and abundance. As such, fruits are quintessential foods for many holidays and celebrations for their symbolic meanings. This brings to my mind the word “fruitful”, a word we often use to describe something that is plentiful and abundant.
A key symbol for Lunar New Year is the circle which represents wholeness, completeness and unity. Round, plump fruits are often displayed and used in prayer offerings to represent and honor this idea of wholeness, like the cycle of life with a beginning and ending.
Typical fruits for Lunar New Year are apples (wisdom, peace), coconut, mango and papaya (abundance), pineapple (wealth, luck), and mandarin and oranges (wealth, fortune). Of course, not all fruits have symbolic significance for Lunar New Year. Some are just beautiful to look at and delicious to eat! 🙂
Where to Buy Fruits for Lunar New Year
The typical fruits mentioned above are available at most grocery stores. For the more exotic ones, visit an Asian grocery store or a larger chain store like 99 Ranch Market. Here you will find the basics plus an assortment of tropical fruits such as Asian pear, cherimoya (hope), pomegranate (fertility), pomelo (unity), and dragon fruit to name a few.
My local Von’s market has a special section of Asian fruits every year around Lunar New Year. The fruits are expensive but it’s a nice variety including dragon fruit, star fruit, kiwano melon, passion fruit, and occasionally, even Buddha’s hand.
If you are in southern California around Lunar New Year, stop by any of the grocery stores in Little Saigon (Westminster, California). You’ll be amazed at the abundance and variety of tropical fruits available.
Putting Together Your Fruit Plate for Lunar New Year
In addition to having all the amazing Lunar New Year dishes, most families also have a fruit plate. I typically assemble my fruit plate a few days before Lunar New Year and have it to enjoy the week of Lunar New Year. Assembling the fruit plate is really easy and fun.
Keeping in mind the idea of wholeness, select plump and round fruits. Avoid wilted or overly-ripe fruit. Select the fruits you enjoy and think about the symbolism as it pertains to you and your wishes for the new year. If you love the color of a fruit, go ahead and add it for a pop of color. I especially love dragon fruit with its beautiful pink color. The dragon represents strength and good luck, all wonderfully positive energies to have in the new year!
Feng shui master bares 12 lucky fruits, food for new year
NEW Year’s eve is just around the corner. And what a better way to welcome the year is to serve 12 different kinds of fruits and other food for luck and prosperity.
Master Hanz Cua, Asia’s trusted feng shui master, said that the 12 lucky fruits in welcoming the new year are apple, orange, banana, watermelon, papaya, melon, pear, kiat-kiat, grapes, pineapple, mango and lemon or calamansi.
“The luckiest fruit of them all is the pineapple which in Chinese means wealth will come. But you should not display the pineapple.There should be 12 fruits on the table on new year’s eve,” said Cua, who regularly appears on the ABS-CBN morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda,” in an exclusive interview in Mandaluyong City Saturday.
The 12 fruits symbolize the 12 months in one year. In Chinese, apple means harmony; orange, success; banana, harmony; watermelon, symbolizes round money; papaya, good health; melon, round for money; pear, good health; kiat-kiat, more money; grapes, abundance; pineapple, success; mango, color of money; and lemon, removes bad luck.
Cua also said that we may serve noodles/spaghetti dishes which symbolize long life; fish, savings; lechon, prosperity; pechay, continued good fortune; cake, harmony; and peanut and seeds, fertility.
“Wear red in welcoming the new year because it symbolizes luck and wealth,” he said. “Make some noise to rid the place of evil spirits or bad luck; declutter your house or apartment; make sure the rice, sugar, salt containers are full.
Cua also encouraged the people to open all the lights in welcoming 2019, hang lucky charms, put money in your cash box, and make amends with your enemies.
The new year’s day celebration of the eve of Dec. 31 is different from the revelry practiced by Asians for Chinese New Year.
“If you have already celebrated new year’s eve on Dec. 31, it’s okay not to celebrate anymore the Chinese new year. But you can celebrate both if you wish to,” Cua added.
lucky’ fruits to ring in the New Year
MANILA – Preparing to welcome 2015 at home? Consider adding these fruits to your dining table on New Year’s Eve to attract prosperity and good luck, a feng shui practitioner said.
According to Hanz Cua, these 12 “lucky” fruits symbolize each month of the year, bringing anything from money and luxury to happiness and good health.
Here are Cua’s 12 suggested fruits and their respective meanings:
1. Pineapple – the Chinese word for pineapple is “ong-lai,” which means “fortune cones.”
2. Orange – represents gold in Chinese tradition. Its round shape signifies money.
3. Apple – the Chinese word for apple is “ping,” which means “harmony.”
4. Grapes – represents luxury as these are traditionally eaten by royalty.
5. Banana – comes in clusters, symbolizing unity. Its yellow color stands for happiness.
6. Mango – its sweetness signifies strong family ties.
7. Lemon – its fragrance and essence is known to cleanse and remove negative vibes.
8. Watermelon – symbolizes prosperity. Its many seeds stand for abundance.
9. Papaya – similar to the orange, it represents gold in Chinese tradition.
10. Lychee – its round, red body stands for happiness and good fortune.
11. Avocado – its colors – green and purple – symbolize prosperity.
12. Pomelo – its bright red or pink pulp represents good health.
Feng Shui Experts Recommend 12 Lucky Fruits for New Year’s Eve 2022
Here is the list of twelve (12) lucky fruits that can allegedly bring good luck, wealth and good health upon celebrating New Year’s Eve 2022.
Throughout the past few years, many people all around the world including the Philippines have been preparing delicious and mouth-watering meals during the New Year’s Eve celebration.
A lot of Filipino people were buying round fruits with attractive colors believing that it can bring luck, prosperity, and good health for the entire year. It has been already a part of the Filipino culture and tradition every New Year’s E
Several Feng Shui experts have been giving tips to people on how obtain luck and fortune. Most of them were suggesting fruits, which will allegedly bring good health and wealth on the upcoming Year of the Water Tiger.
Experts suggest some lucky fruits that we can serve during New Year’s Eve 2022 celebration:
- It has a red color, which represent good fortune and happiness. It can last from five to seven days in the fridge but two to three days in room temperature.
- A cluster of bananas symbolizes unity and yellow color represents happiness.
- Its usual color were purple, green, and red. It signifies luxury, prosperity and wealth.
- According to the experts, it can allegedly bring prosperity and good health to the body.
- The citrus smell drives away bad vibes and symbolizes, protection, energy cleaning and cleanliness.
- People believe that this large form of citrus fruit can attract prosperity and its pink pulp signifies good health.
- It is said to bring harmony to the house and symbolizes peace and health.
- Aside from having a lot of health benefits, its purple and green color signifies prosperity
- Its round shape represents money and great fortune
- It contains numerous round-shaped eyes that represents money, coins or wealth.
- This fruit symbolizes long life, good health, happy relationship, and prosperity
- According to belief, it signifies happiness, attracts luck and good health.
What can you say about these lucky fruits? Just feel free to leave your comments and reactions to this article.
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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.
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.
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:
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:
Each of these “lucky” fruits has its corresponding meaning—something that most Filipinos recognize as showing of Chinese influence.