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Chinese New Year is one of the biggest and most celebrated festivals amongst Chinese communities in Singapore and around the world, bringing families together as they mark the start of a new year of prosperity and good luck.
The Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore begin a few weeks or even up to a month before the festival arrives. Families shop for new clothes and spring clean their homes; malls are beautifully decorated with red lanterns and traditional Chinese music plays in the background. And it is during this time that you see China Town and other major streets come alive with stalls selling New Year goodies, as well as innovative decorations created by students from Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD) in collaboration with the festivity.
The most significant part about Chinese New Year is the reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve where families gather for a sumptuous meal at home or nowadays often in a restaurant. In some families, it is essential to serve fish to symbolize the popular Chinese phrase 年年有余: niánnián yǒu yú which means may there be surpluses every year.
Another common practice during Chinese New Year is the giving of red packets, commonly known as “ang pow” in Singapore. It is the highlight for children and a tradition for married couples to give the “ang pow” to children or parents to signify blessings.
As in the traditional Chinese calendar, this celebration goes on for 15 days. However, only the first two days are public holidays in Singapore; hence, families take the opportunity to visit relatives and friends primarily during these two days. Apart from all the fascinating activities and excitement during this celebration, Chinese New Year, at the core of it all, is a time of togetherness, a time to forgive and forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and prosperity for everyone.