This year, we brought back an old family tradition we haven’t done in years! Paagaw is a common Filipino family tradition done on New Year’s Eve. It’s done to symbolize a prosperous new year. I don’t know how other families do it but in our home, somebody throws coins all over the house and everybody else tries to get as many coins as they can. My parents gave out prizes once we’ve all counted our stash.
This year, we gave prizes (i.e. candy) to…
- the person with the most 5 centavo coins (my sister-in-law)
- the person with least amount of money (one of my nephews)
- the person who got the dirtiest coin (my son)
- the person who got the most amount of money (my Kuya)
I really wish I had better photos to share. But I was rather busy throwing and tossing coins up in the air — which I have to admit was more fun than taking photos. Nanay (my mom) used to do be in charge of coins back when she was still around. It felt good to bring the tradition back. I think we all definitely felt a little more festive that night. Just as Nanay would’ve liked it.