新年快乐! Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year! I promised a post on New Year’s Day itself, so here it is! I am going to be talking about the atmosphere and the festive spirit Singapore holds during the Lunar New Year. IMG_1723

I took some time off just a week before Chinese New Year(CNY) to make a trip to Chinatown to see what they have to offer for this festive period. It was mildly crowded which I found rather disapproving. I wanted to experience a sense of urgency and eagerness for the New Year, though there were certain lanes in the heart of Chinatown which were buzzing with foreigners and locals getting their new year goodies.

There were booths selling pineapple tarts and treats that you would only get during CNY, there were vendors selling red packets and decorative items. And there were stalls selling pomelo. The significance of pomelo are abundance, prosperity, having children, good health, family unity.

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Red packets and miscellaneous decorations for the home.
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Mandarin oranges. They represents wealth and good fortune. When visiting, visitors would present 2 mandarin oranges to the host and the host would exchange the oranges.
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These are the pomelos.

Oh! Another thing about CNY are barbeque pork. I do not really know the significance of eating BBQ pork on CNY, however there was a massive line of people in line to get their hands for those savory pork. IMG_1731

Also, to celebrate CNY, Chinatown would be lit with lights and big animal blows up. It was a sight to see. IMG_1742

Chinatown during the Lunar New Year is certainly a sight to see. Breathe in the surroundings , capture the array of lights and enjoy the food tastings. HAHA!

Well that is all I have for today. I hope you have enjoyed this post. To all Chinese out there, Happy New Year.

Stay Brightly Positive & Bake On! Xoxo Pei Gee

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