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Filipino's are highly influenced by Chinese community. Most of the filipino people do believe in luck and follow chinese rules and superstition beliefs. Filipinos do believe that following chinese practices could help them attract prosperity, safety,luck, closer family ties and peace.
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Most Filipino-Chinese families usually designs their houses according to Chinese superstitions. They prepare stuffs like putting money in red envelopes, serve sweet foods and display various food and fruits on a table, which is believed to invite good fortune. They also sets incense smoke, put coins in different parts of the house, and participating chinese chants and events such as dragon dance.
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2015 is the year of Wooden Sheep and also the 4712th Year of Chinese. The first day of Wooden Sheep is on february 4, 2015. Chinese New Year Day is on February 19, 2015.
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Sheep is the 8th animal in 12 zodiac signs. Sheep is after 6th Snake and 7th Horse. Snake, Horse and Sheep are in the Fire cycle based on the theory of Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) astrology system.
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Small Chinese communities existed in the Philippines since the Spanish regime, which lasted for more than 300 years back from the 16th century. As time passed by, Chinese communities grew and so their infuence.
Lawmakers have proposed to make the Chinese New Year a legal public holiday. However, there is still debate that adding another holiday in the Philippines could be detrimental to the economy due to the increasing holiday incentives. The Republic Act 9492 dictates that for every legal non-working holiday, all working establishments should give incentives or overtime pay to their employees.
Chinese New Year is celebrated also in other countries not only in the Philippines but also in territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China,Hong-kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Mauritius.