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Jumping on New Years for Height

Context/Background: The informant is Filipino-American and has many family traditions, especially around holidays. One, in particular, is the annual jumping that occurs on New Years Day. Essentially, starting at midnight of the new year in hopes of growing in height, they jump together for a minute straight. Informant: “My family’s tradition is jumping on New… Continue Reading »

Fruits of the New Year

Main Piece: The following is transcribed from a conversation between the performer (CS) and I (ZM). ZM: Okay so, when I was at your house, you have grapes? over the… CS: Mhm ZM: What are those about? CS: So um, it’s like a, I think it’s an Asian thing, it might just be a Filipino… Continue Reading »

Circumcisions are Cheaper in the Philippines

This friend of mine is one of the sweetest guys I know. He’s quiet, but has a great sense of humor. One day, late at night, he blurted out, “is it normal that I was circumcised in the fifth grade?”. I knew I needed it for my folklore project. Most of the background information is… Continue Reading »