New Year's Day 2013: 10 Bizarre New Year's Celebrations

3. Polka Dots. Polka Dots Everywhere - Philippines

009 Filipinos are keen to focus on round objects and circular dress codes at the end of the year, owing to a superstition that to associate yourself with as many round things as possible is to invite the prospect of considerable wealth, given that coins, of course, are also round. The most common practise is to wear polka-dot clothing, as well as eating oranges and spherical cakes. It's a tradition that's beyond strange, but there's something enticing about its simplicity and its eccentricity; besides, who doesn't look like they're having a good time when they're wearing polka dots?
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