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EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Chinese New Year in Singapore

Here’s your guide to celebrating Chinese New Year in SG.

Chinese New Year (CNY) is approaching come 12 February 2021 this year. If this is your first CNY in Singapore, here’s everything you need to know about the 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 festive 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 consider bringing some bak kwa or other popular goodies as a gift. Lunar New Year is also a time to declutter your home (donate or recycle items here) and bring in all things new. Add some lucky plants to the list while you’re at it!

Now, here’s a quick primer on the world’s biggest travel holiday of the year. Also commonly termed the Spring Festival and Lunar New Year, CNY is observed from the first to the fifteenth day of the first lunar month of the Chinese calendar, usually between mid-January and mid-February.

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By Mandy Lim Beiter, SilverKris / Additional Reporting by Muneerah Bee + Debby Kwong / Updated January 2020 / Updated by Willaine G. Tan, January 2021. Images: 123RF.com

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