An image showing joss papers being used as Chinese New Year decorations at a mall in the Philippines has been widely circulated on the Internet, with netizens calling the mall out for the inappropriate use of materials. Spotted at the Ayala Malls The 30th, which is located in the city of Pasig, the joss papers had images of gold ingots printed on them and were hung alongside red pineapple-shaped lanterns to decorate a bazaar that was happening at the mall’s common area during the Chinese New Year weekend. On Friday (16 February), the mall announced on its Facebook page that the management had asked for the joss papers to be removed.
Together with pineapple tarts, bak kwa, mandarin oranges, lion dances and red packets, another mainstay of the Chinese New Year among Singaporeans is playing games of chance with friends and family. The most popular game is ban luck, or Chinese blackjack, a variant of the casino blackjack. Picture cards score 10 points while number cards take the value displayed.
Danny Ow, a shop tenant along Pagoda Street, says people go to Chinatown nowadays “just to see” and don’t buy much. Chinatown is awash in reds, and catchy Chinese New Year tunes blare from shops lining every street. Retailers along the four streets comprising the Chinatown Street Market (Pagoda, Sago, Smith and Trengganu Streets) are seeing a dip in sales as increasing numbers of customers opt to have Chinese New Year delivered to their doorsteps, neatly boxed.
As the final touches go into Chinese New Year preparations, many – from newlyweds to grandparents – are trying to figure out how much should go into those lucky red packets. Grand Master Tan Khoon Yong from Way Fengshui Group suggests going with the auspicious numbers associated with the various animals of the Chinese zodiac this Year of the Dog (see table).
Consumers and businesses are jumping on the “healthier” bandwagon amid a national “war on diabetes”. It is the time of year both diabetics and dieters fear the most, a sugar- and calorie-laden fiesta filled with irresistible treats. It makes for a worrying time for secretary Chan Choon Wah, 42, who has a history of diabetes on both sides of her family.
When Madam Liew Kwei Chin headed to the Giant supermarket at VivoCity mall for her Chinese New Year shopping, she skipped the crowd around the fresh fish counter and headed straight for the frozen section. As the price of fresh seafood continues to climb in the final countdown to Chinese New Year, retailers and seafood associations are encouraging cash-conscious consumers like Madam Liew to consider switching to frozen. The price for fresh Chinese Pomfret, or dou chang, one of the most popular fish for reunion dinners and during Chinese New Year, has pushed past the $100/kg mark at several wet markets.
Festive fun arrives this Chinese New Year weekend as everyone gets ready to welcome the Year of the Dog, with annual favourite River Hongbao and Open House programmes at the Istana and Singapore Art Museum. For those looking for something different, nightclub AVRY is hosting music producer Clinton Sparks. River Hongbao 2018 Welcome the Year of the Dog with an 11-day festival jointly organised by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Singapore Tourism Board and People’s Association. ...
There is no better way to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Dog than with some yummy snacks you can serve to visitors in your home or package as delicious gifts to friends and relatives. Here is a list of not-so-typical Lunar New Year goodies you might consider for this auspicious occasion. If you ever want a show-stopping centrepiece for your celebrations at home, pastry shop OLLELLA has the perfect answer for you.
Obtaining those crisp new notes for Chinese New Year has become much more convenient since banks in Singapore began offering customers the option of reserving them online.
Despite being a firm believer that “you have to deposit physical cash for it to count”, Madam Cindy Tay is nevertheless likely to go online, rather than to a bank, for her traditional Li Chun deposit on February 4.
Whether you are opting for a traditional attire or something modern like a floral maxi dress, it’s preferable to wear at least one red piece of clothing in red as the Chinese believe red symbolises luck and wards away evil. Be sure to have extra at hand because these yummy goodies are sure to run out quick.