Wondering what to do during CNY? Here are our auspicious picks.
Chinese New Year (or CNY) is one of the biggest festivals in Singapore. For the entire month of February, Chinese families will be busy spring-cleaning, whipping up meals of epic proportions, watching fireworks, lion dances, and the Chingay parade, and tucking into celebratory yusheng—an auspicious dish where participants have to shout out blessings while tossing the colourful shredded raw vegetables mixed with raw fish. (Every ingredient in this dish signifies good luck, health, or a blessing. If you’re unsure of what to say, just shout “Huat!” which means prosperity in Hokkien.)
Colourful, noisy, and steamy (think Chinese hot pot), Chinese New Year is a time for merrymaking with your family and friends. During the first two days of the festival, people are out on the streets all day, visiting relatives and friends. Ladies are decked in fashionable, figure-hugging cheongsams; men too are dressed to the nines with spanking-new outfits and shoes. Meanwhile, children of all ages gleefully pocket their red packets (hongbao) filled with fresh dollar bills.
With island-wide festivities running from Chinese New Year’s eve to the 15th day of the first lunar calendar month, this period is also one of the best times to visit Singapore. Let the PARKROYAL on Pickering team give you the lowdown on some of the best sights and sounds during this festive season.