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New Year Ritual

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This New Year's Eve we got to spend it over at hubby's place and I had this plate of palutang/palitaw at around past midnight (i know, it looks like a lot...but i easily devoured them all! lol) is part of their tradition to eat at least a piece of this sweet sticky rice treat during new year's eve.

Palutang means "to float" so am assuming that it somehow signifies letting all those past worries "float" away from you. That's just my assumption, though. lol.

I believe that my MIL started this, but now that she's gone the remaining family members had second thoughts about continuing the ritual...personally, I think the ritual is wonderful. It was suggested that sticky rice still be used during New Year's Eve, but in another form (something savory, perhaps).

Let's see next year... :)

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Jenn at: Mon Jan 09, 11:37:00 AM GMT+8 said...

Our neighbor used to cook a somewhat similar dish, but they call it tikoy - parang big buns of palitaw served with caramel/cheese sauce. Too bad they don't cook it anymore.

Happy new year, Maiylah!
Thanks for linking up.

maiylah at: Mon Jan 09, 05:45:00 PM GMT+8 said...

thanks, Jenn
...hmmm, tikoy? isn't that the sweet Chinese sticky thingy that is seen being sold/served every Chinese New Year? first time i've heard of it being served with caramel/cheese sauce, though. oo nga, sayang naman they don't cook it sounds interesting!

Happy 2012 to you and to your family too! :)

Unknown at: Tue Jan 10, 08:53:00 AM GMT+8 said...

This looks interesting. I was fast asleep by midnight New Years Eve, I must be getting old. But we used to always have sparkling grape juice on New Years Eve with crackers and cheese, and little nibbles when my children were younger. We always celebrated together. Then on New Years Day we have Hoppin John for good luck!

Unknown at: Tue Jan 10, 09:09:00 AM GMT+8 said...

oO0O0 That looks really interesting! I love rice. I don't think there is a way that I have tried that I didn't like. I think I will research this some more :) Thanks for sharing and I hope they do continue the tradition. It's a nice way of having her there, I think.

Unknown at: Tue Jan 10, 09:43:00 AM GMT+8 said...

This looks interesting, not sure what it would taste like though.

maiylah at: Tue Jan 10, 10:35:00 AM GMT+8 said...

thanks, T. Jones
...would you believe that after i ate that plateful of palutang/palitaw i fell asleep? lol. I must be getting old, too. :D

thanks, Crystal
...i think so, too! your comment actually had me in sniffles for a bit. we all miss her. <3

thanks, shannon
...i know, it's not what's normally served over at your side of the world. lol. the 'raw' un-assembled palutang (the white circles on the lower photo) is actually quite tasteless...but when you add in the toasted sesame seeds, muscovado sugar, and freshly grated coconut, it takes on these flavors. quite sweet, but depends on the amount of sugar you want to put on your plate. :)

thanks for the visit, ladies! <3

i♥pinkc00kies at: Tue Jan 10, 02:20:00 PM GMT+8 said...

yummm <33 i love kakanin!!

maiylah at: Tue Jan 10, 04:48:00 PM GMT+8 said...

thanks, pinkc00kies
...same here! :)

Dina at: Tue Jan 10, 09:54:00 PM GMT+8 said...

your blog looks so yummy! stopping by from FE blog hop.


Chan Matsumoto@Mahlzeit at: Wed Jan 11, 07:05:00 AM GMT+8 said...

It's more of floating with luck and being away from bad luck -- you know the usual superstition. hehe ^_^ -Chan@Mahlzeit

say cheese at: Sun Jan 15, 03:13:00 AM GMT+8 said...

sarap naman. sa amin bilo-bilo ang pang new year dahil yung bilog bilog hehehe

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