Thursday, January 1, 2009

Have a 'LuCky' New year.!

New year is a new beginning, we welcome the new year 2Oo9 full of hope for the better year. For me this is the happiest time of the year because we got a chance to celebrate it with our whole family.

Most Filipinos observed beliefs and practices that has been passed from time to time. Each practice would differ from one community to another.

But let me share some things that I know and follow in my 19 years of life living here in Philippines together with my family.

1. The very first thing I know is to gather 13 round variety of fruits. For stocking on round fruits is expected to usher in a well-rounded year of prosperity for the household.

2. Prepare coins for the entire family's pocket. It has been our tradition that if we placed coins in our pockets and will ring these at the coming of the New Year believing that this practice would bring in money in our pockets all throughout the year.

3. Abundance of food in the dining table. It is belief that there will be abundance of food for the rest of the year. Don't forget to eat some sticky food like, kalamay (a kind of rice cake) or biko (rice cake)or suman (sweet steamed rice). It is belief that sweet and sticky food when eaten on the first minute of the year brings prosperity.
-I'm having a hard time searching for english terms of this foods. *sigh*

4. Ask the children in your home to jump. Its a belief that children who jump will make them taller. At my age I still jump together with my Big Brothers. lols!
- If there would be a contest who's the highest jumper for the new year, then Ate C
would probably win! lols!

and lastly...

5. Welcome the New year with loud and safe noise.! The noise and the firecrackers is believed to drive away the devil spirit and make the New year bountiful and blessed.

These New Year beliefs and practices are meaningless in the Christian context. It is better to rely on one's hard work, perseverance and faith in God to make the coming year a well rounded one,. Happy New Year to all of us! Here comes another year to start anew.
Wishing you all not only happiness but a bountiful year as well. Cheers!

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A GoOd Luck charm for the year 2Oo9.!


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whO's me?

Thirteen Things about MY NAME

1. My name is Ariane. "The name Ariane is a baby girls name. The name Ariane comes from the French origin. In French The meaning of the name Ariane is: Very holy. Variant of the Greek Mythological Ariadne, who aided Theseus to escape from the Cretan labyrinth."- wikipedia

2. On 1989, I was named by my father whom at that time watched the news about the successful launch of a European civilian expendable launch vehicles for space launch use, the Ariane 4 - part of the Ariane Rocket family.
-No wonder why I've always dreamed to be an astronaut when I was young.

3. On the contrary, my mother loves avon products, which coincidentally she loves the scent of Ariane perfume. For her the perfume is so feminine and pure.
-Well, I admit it's true.

4. When I was in my childhood days, I always have buddies or friends named like mine. But in different spelling. It would usually be 'Arriane' or 'Arianne' or worse 'Aryan'

5. When I was in my elementary days, I hated my name because it's too short unlike my classmates who have soo many names. For ex. Maria Theresa Anne or Mary Grace Joy.

6. One day at school, I tried to fool my 1st grader teacher. I wrote the name Mary Grace on my test paper. When the teacher checked our papers he asked who the hell is Mary Grace. Then I raised my hand and said 'Me Sir!'. He then asked me why did I do that. I simply answered 'Because I envy the name of my sister and I just love the name of mother Mary'. and the room burst with laughters...

7. When I graduated in elementary, my name received lots of academic awards since I entered in that school.

8. As I entered in high school, my name was not that famous until I joined a lot of org. in our school.

9. I had a friend in hs which was always revising my name and calling me 'yanix' because she hated the name 'Ariane'. How awful...I don't know what's with her for hating my precious name.

10. and...Everybody oh almost everybody in the classroom and my friends in school even my teacher calls me 'yanix'.
- where my nickname was born.

11. As I entered in College, I love to introduce to lots of people by using my precious name. But people don't usually remember names so I just only gave my nickname.

12. Also in college, I have my own set of friends and I'm very happy that we cherish each others name. Thus, making me appreciate more about my name.

13. Whatever our name is, its history and meaning, the most important thing is that it defines our uniqueness as an individual, what do we love to do and do it for our own good. Having a clear goal in mind and do everything we can to achieve it. And most important of all ...we must know our real purpose why we're living at this very moment.

Have a happy wEekend!

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