A Few Filipino Superstitions When Moving Into a New Home

July 26, 2023



Shan Arcega

The Philippines is a country rich with a mix of traditions and beliefs handed down from generation to generation. Moving into a new house also brings in superstitions that bring new homeowners better luck, blessings, and positivity in the new following years.

Here are just a few of the myriad of superstitions some Filipinos still follow when they move into a new home or a new space.

Positioning the Stairs right

When adding staircases, make sure the highest step doesn’t end in “Mata”. Photo by Alex Shu.

Determining how many steps make up the home’s staircases involves the “Oro, Plata, Mata” (Gold, Silver, Death) method to count their steps. In this, people believe that ending the highest step with “mata” will mean disaster when using the stairs while landing on “Oro” or “Plata” still allows a favorable amount of good luck.

Scattering Coins

By scattering coins through the new home, people believe that this will invite in capital. Photo by Udit Saptarshi.

Scattering coins through the new house upon arrival is said to draw in riches and fortune. By throwing coins into any corner of the room, it gives the sign of capital will coming into the house. Some people may also take the coins during the ceremony while others save them for the following days. 

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Sprinkling Salt

Sprinkling salt deflects bad spirits. Photo by Faran Raufi.

Salt has been a symbol of protection, power, and purity for several cultures across Asia. Like other cultures, Filipinos also believe that throwing or sprinkling salt through a new house and its rooms can help keep the dark spirits in it away from the homeowners. Some say it’s also another way to deter unwelcome guests from entering the house.

Building and moving into a new home is one of the most exciting milestones in a person’s life. Though these superstitions aren’t exactly required to be followed these days, a little bit of belief and luck could go a long way. 

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