By J. Jala | 09:22 AM December 29, 2020
Round fruits are making their appearance on many fruit stalls in Bohol, exactly two days before New Year 2021.
According to Chinese beliefs, 13 round fruits for New Year bring good luck.
But for some fruit vendors in Tagbilaran, the luck hasn’t been on their side this year due to the pandemic.
Jen Delos Santos, 46, sells apples, oranges, watermelons, pineapples, and grapes. She bought the fruits from a merchant in Cebu City and displayed them in a makeshift tent in Tagbilaran City Square.
She said these fruits are favored by consumers who believe that preparing 13 types of round fruits on their tables in time for New Year will bring good luck.
But she is not lucky yet.
“Mingaw kaayo, wala pay nangumpra,” she said.
“Tingali tungod sa pandemic mao wala kaayo namalit og prutas,” she added.
Vendors started selling fruits last December 23 until evening of December 31.
She hoped people would buy on Wednesday.
For Fritz Josol, another fruit vendor who has been selling for the past 6 years, he prayed for high sales so that he could pay his supplier.
“Maskin mauli lang ang puhunan,” he said.