Welcoming the new year is one tradition that is observed all over the world. It is an occasion usually marked by festivities and warm, loving family get-togethers that not only remind everyone of the promises of the coming year but more importantly, bring people closer. It is a time when social and familial bonds are renewed as a new year is ushered in.
It is a time when we all look towards the future as we prepare lists of resolutions with the intent of being better people. It is also a time when we welcome change for the better and prepare for what is in store.
In the Philippines, new year feasts are as anticipated as the Christmas noche buena. In most homes, it is a time when the most sumptuous meals are prepared and shared among family and friends. And as always, the feasting will never be complete if not capped with an obligatory cake or sweet ending - indeed, the perfect punctuation point to any festivity.