Filipino Customs and Traditions: Home and Family

Filipino Customs and Traditions: Home and Family

The Filipino people are very traditional people. They believe in many different kinds of customs and follow lots of various traditions. If you haven’t been with a Filipino you will surely be surprised. If you have not been in the Philippines, then you will be left in awe. So if you are planning to visit the Philippines or live there, here are some things that you have to know about the Filipino culture, customs and traditions about the family and the home so you won’t get astonished.

The Filipino people are known to have close family ties. This is why you may notice that when you are in the Philippines, the people in a vicinity most of the time know each other. Actually, they are likely related to each other. Whether short or long and distant, the Filipino family will opt to live close to each other. This being said, in you visit to the Philippines you will most likely see a village that is filled with people that are related to each other.

Unlike in the States where kids move out when they reach legal age, the Filipino people will stay with their parents as long as possible. If they would have to move out to a new house, the homeowner will be asked to throw some coins when he opens the front door. Why, you may ask? This is said to bring good luck and prosperity to the household. The first thing that is brought inside the house is uncooked rice too. This is because they believe that this will bring wealth to the family that will live there. Make sure to put some coins in the main corners of the house. This will signify wealth as well. Nonetheless, if these coins are put by the front doorstep, fortune will go away so do not do this.

The Filipino people are very religious as well. Therefore, there are quite a lot of Filipino culture, customs and traditions for the home and family that is based on religious beliefs. During the morning, it is also customary for Filipino people to open their east window. This is said to bring God’s grace inside the house through the sun. It is also very important to make sure that there are statues of Jesus or Mary in the house. It is also important that they are facing the direction of the front door. This is because they will be greeting the visitors of the house and anyone who comes in. This simply means that the people who they greet will be blessed too. This is why you will notice that most Filipino households have statues of Jesus, Mary or both of them greeting you by the front door. When building a house with stairs, make sure to count them that they are not 13. It is said that 13 is the number of Judas and this will bring bad luck to the household and the people who will come in. Indeed, when it comes to religiousness, the Filipino people will amaze you.

There are many different customs and traditions practices in every country around the world. It is best that you know these things to make sure that you get to understand the people more. In this case, most of the Filipino culture, customs, and traditions for the home are focused on bringing the people good luck. If you are planning to live in the Philippines, it is important that you get to know these so that you can do them as well. Besides, you won’t lose anything in doing these things, right?

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  1. We have moved into a house where the previous owner was Filipino unfortunately she died of leukaemia. We have just discovered a small cloth bag in the rafters of the garage near the back door which says do not touch/do not open and we were wondering whether this is something that she has done and what it means.

      1. Thanks Kevin, I’m too scared to open it, i moved it with a stick because i was scared to touch it. It might well be the “Protective pouch” or “Talisman” consisting of Salt, Sinamak,bullet, Badjawan, Ginger, Garlic, Sinamak (blessed coconut oil), incense, and coins in it. Then had the “Sator Square” (Sator, Arepo, Tenet, Opera, Rotas) and the pieces of Powerful verses from the bible to cast them. She may have done it to cure her leukaemia.
        The pouch is about 10 cm square and has a floral pattern with drawstring.

        1. You could very well be correct. It sounds as if it was something of importance. Of course, there isn’t a way to know for sure without opening it. I wish I could advise you on how to respectfully dispose or keep it, but I am really not qualified.

  2. Bryoni, most probably it is a protective amulet against the unseen elements. Usually, infants and toddlers wear this to avoid sickness that is caused by bad spirits

  3. I was given a rosary bracelet from Manila and was told to wear it on the left hand. Anyone know why? Just curious why?

    1. Hi Lisa,

      I can’t find any information saying that a rosary bracelet should be worn on the left wrist. Everything I read is a debate about whether wearing a rosary is appropriate.
      Perhaps someone else knows.


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