filipino tradition says if you do the following on new year’s eve, you’ll be struck with good luck in the year to come:
1) keep all the lights on 2) stuff coins in your pockets 3) wear green
at 12 minutes to midnight, throw 12 grapes into a glass, pour some champagne (or sparkling cider) over it, and make 12 wishes– eating a grape for each.
if you’re like me, you’ll make some ridiculous wishes (“i wish for $10,000 via direct deposit into my checking account”) and some practical ones (“i wish good health for my family”), and you’ll run out of wishes by, like, the 8th one (“did i say $10,000? well, if that one doesn’t come true, how about $5,000?”). by the second week in january you’ll forget that you even made them and that’s okay, because it’s not really about the wishes at all. it’s about the hope– and lots of champagne.