Lunar New Year is about two weeks away and we’ve got all the information you need to join in the festivity and celebrate alongside your Singaporean and Chinese friends and family.
If this is your first time celebrating Chinese New Year, start with our guide of Dos and Don’ts for Lunar New Year in Singapore. If you’ve been invited to visit your friends’ home, take note of the preferable colours to wear and which colours to avoid. Better yet, join the fun and get dressed for the occasion with some pretty traditional Chinese clothing.
Don’t forget to prepare some red packets (also known as “hong bao” or “ang pow”) before heading over. Brush up on your Chinese New Year greetings too and impress your friends. You may also want to bring some Bak Kwa as a gift.
To welcome the Year of the Monkey, check out these adorable monkey-inspired goods for the whole family!
You can also experience the New Year vibe with various events and activities in Chinatown. See the vibrant light-ups, do some shopping, eat some great food or even catch a Lion Dance competition! If you’re not familiar with these lively lions, read our post and find out the rules on petting them (yes, you can touch them if they come up to you).
What’s a celebration without fireworks? Here’s where you can watch them for a glitzy way to usher in a new year of prosperity.
If you’re invited to a Lunar New Year meal, you are likely to experience a Yu Sheng (or “Prosperity Toss”). We tell you more about this yummy traditional salad and what to do during the ritual. While we’re on the topic of food, keep a look out for these yummy goodies you are likely to run into during celebrations, and find out the meaning behind them.
Lunar New Year is also a time for all things new. We bring you the best places to get awesome new furniture for your home. Add some plants to the list while you’re at it. Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb, here’s how to shop and care for them.
Planning to dine out during the festive season? We’ve got a list of restaurants that will be open on February 8 and 9.
Considering Chinese New Year falls on a long weekend this year, it is also good time for a vacation! We’ve got a list of places you can go.
If you’re planning to travel outside of Asia, keep a look out for Chinese New Year celebrations in these countries.
Staying home to spend quality family time? These fun (and really cute!) banana and monkey-themed recipes will be perfect for the long weekend!
No matter how you choose to celebrate and usher in the Year of the Monkey, we hope it will be a part of your Singapore memories! Read more about our festivals here.
Muneerah Bee, January 2016