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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHINESE NEW YEAR IN SINGAPORE

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 10 Jan 2022  

As we enter a new era of the Chinese calendar, it is time once again to bring out the red lanterns and decorations for Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore.

The two-week holiday is an important occasion in Chinese culture, with many returning home to reunite with their families for big reunion feasts and even bigger parties. Singapore's large Chinese population means that the event is one of the city's most highly anticipated. With our essential, jam-packed guide, we share some of the traditions observed around Lunar New Year and suggestions for you to have a memorable time.


A spring-clean start to the new year

Chinese New Year Spring Clean

 

Many Chinese New Year traditions are based around the spiritual idea of renewal, and one of the most well-known is the tradition of spring-cleaning the home in the days leading up to the festivities.

The whole family joins in and rolls up their sleeves to clear out their old items, sweep and mop floors, and dust surfaces. The activity has a deeply symbolic meaning as it represents the purging of all the bad luck collected over the year. However, no cleaning is done on the first day of the New Year to prevent sweeping out any good fortune.

 

Paint the Chinatown red

Chinatown

 

It should come as no surprise that Chinatown is one of the best places to be if you want to immerse yourself in all the Chinese New Year 2022 celebrations and revelry. The beating heart of Singapore's Chinese community, Chinatown, is a fascinating mix of numerous temples and historical sights alongside bustling markets and hip new bars and restaurants. It's a district with its own distinct pulse and is never more alive with sound and colourful Chinese New Year decorations at this time. Here are a few places you should check out.

 

 

Chinatown Heritage Centre

The Chinatown Heritage Centre offers a sprawling look into the lives and history of the district's earliest inhabitants. Located in three beautifully restored shophouses, it features interactive galleries, engaging exhibits, and inviting workshops that chronicle the rich stories of the area's earlier times.

 

Chinatown Food Street

 

Chinatown Food Street

If you have a hunger to explore the culinary side of Chinese New Year, head over to Smith Street, where you will find the sizzle sensation that is Food Street. This popular strip is lined with Chinese restaurants, hawker stalls, and pop-up food kiosks; all serving an assembly of specialty dishes that incorporate the many dialects and cuisines of China's diverse regions.

 

Street Market

For the perfect gift to go along with all those Chinese New Year greetings, we are sure you'll find something extraordinary at the Chinatown Street Market. One of the city's go-to spots for serious bargain and souvenir hunters, brightly coloured stalls stock everything from flowing silk robes and sparkling jewellery to waving lucky cats and ornate Chinese fans. Covering a vast area of streets and alleys, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore it all.


Packets make perfect

Chinese New Year Red Packets

 

Of all the customs you'll see happening around this time of the year, one of the oldest is the giving and receiving of red packets. Also known as Hong Bao, these red packets symbolise luck and good fortune and are gifted by married couples to their family and friends. If you decide to give out red packets for Chinese New Year, it is customary to use new banknotes and leave an even total instead of odd, with four being the exception. The number four is considered bad luck in Chinese culture, so avoid giving out envelopes with amounts such as $4 or $44.

 

Orange is the new red

Chinese New Year Oranges

 

For the most part, red is the colour of choice for Chinese New Year decorations, but mandarin oranges can also be spotted everywhere. You'll see small vines or potted trees decorating the entrances of homes, shopping malls, Chinese restaurants, and offices. Like many totems and traditions in Chinese culture, orange has associations with joy, wealth, and luck. Like Hong Baos, people often exchange oranges when visiting houses as a gesture of blessing and prosperity.

 

Roaring dance moves

Chinese New Year Lion Dance

 

One act that never fails to make an impression every Chinese New Year in Singapore is the iconic lion dance. The origins of this captivating performance have a long and varied history. As there were no actual lions in early China, they existed primarily as folklore myths. But with the emergence of trade along the Silk Road, they began to appear during the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD). Their exotic appearance inspired people to mimic their movements, evolving over time to the athletic, loud, and colourful dances we see performed today. A fitting legend for the Lion City.

 

New year, new clothes

Shoppes

 

It is believed that wearing new clothes on the first day of Chinese New Year symbolises a fresh start. If you are a fan of fashion, give your wardrobe an update with some stylish new trends at The Shoppes, which has over 270 premium brands for a retail destination like no other. Anything red or scarlet is ideal, or you may prefer to wear something more traditional like a Qipao or Tangzhuang. Avoid black or white colours, given their associations with death and mourning.

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Chinese new year snacks

Chinese New Year snacks

 

Visit someone's home or place of business during the holiday, and you are bound to be offered a variety of snacks and sweet treats as a sign of sharing good fortune with family and guests. Besides exchanging Mandarin oranges, there are other delights that people like to give, including sticky rice cakes, candies, pistachios, and fried sesame balls. Putting them together in a lovely Chinese New Year Hamper makes for a fabulous gift.

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with a delectable array of Chinese New Year Goodies from Origin + Bloom. 

 

A dining dynasty

Chinese New Year

 

Nothing brings the family together like a Chinese New Year food reunion dinner. Typically held on the eve of the occasion, this annual feast starts with Yusheng, a dish that combines raw fish, dyed radish, fried crackers, pomelo bits, and a variety of other ingredients, each with a special meaning – for instance, raw fish represents prosperity while pomelo symbolises good luck.

Using chopsticks, the delicious mixture is thrown up in the air as family members shout Lo hei. It is believed that the higher the toss, the more luck you can expect for the year ahead, so don’t be too surprised to see food rain. Yusheng is thought to be unique to Singapore and Malaysia, a tradition birthed of Cantonese immigrants who popularised raw fish salad back in Singapore back in the 1940s.

You can find some of the best Chinese restaurants in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands and celebrate reunions with auspicious menus at over 40 restaurants. View all Chinese New Year dining offers here.

 

Mott32

 

Mott 32 Singapore

Embodying generations of Cantonese and Chinese culinary craft, the award-winning Mott 32 serves some of the best Chinese food in Singapore and is a favourite with diners craving authentic Chinese food. Here, the quality of ingredients goes above everything, followed by innovation and flawless technique. The combined result of this process is a menu that elevated time-honored recipes with contemporary flavours.

Toast to a prosperous year ahead with Mott 32's 5-course set menu which features elevated Chinese classics like Yusheng, Braised Boston Lobster, Steamed Garoupa Fillet and Pan-fried Nian Gao. The festive menu includes a glass of Lunar New Year cocktail, draft beer, house wine or house Champagne, and is available 24 Jan 2022 – 15 Feb 2022.

S$188++ per person (minimum of 4 people). Find out more here.

Mott 32 is located at B1-42-44, The Shoppes.

 

RISE

 

RISE Restaurant

Chinese cuisine is a bright part of the fabric that makes Singapore a diverse and exciting city, an experience you can taste in the food at RISE. Dishes come alive through seasonal ingredients and recipes prepared like stories told by the chefs and their influential Asian upbringing. 

Reunite with loved ones over RISE's Lunar New Year feast menu. Featuring tempting specials like Imperial Herbal Chicken, Steamed Cod Fillet, and Wok-fried Prawns with Sichuan Xiang La Sauce for lunch and dinner buffets, you can expect to feast to your heart's content! The festive menu is available 31 Jan 2022 – 15 Feb 2022; make your reservation here.

Buffet Lunch: S$88++ per adult, S$28++ per child
Buffet Dinner: S$118++ per adult, S$38++ per child

RISE is located at Lobby, Hotel Tower 1.

 

For more restaurant options, check out our full list of Chinese New Year dining offers.

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For more information on Singapore’s culture and places to visit, check out our Singapore travel guide for articles brimming with ideas and tips to make the most of your time here. Xin nian kuai le (Happy New Year)!

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