Nibble Your Way Through CNY, Like a Local!
Huat’s it all about?
‘Huat’: 'To prosper' in Hokkien.
Chinese Singaporeans are the city’s largest ethnic group and so the Luna New Year iscelebrated with great fanfare.The vibrant enclave of Chinatown, the neighbourhood of both KeSa House and Ann Siang House, is at the heart of festivities and events that stretch out across Singapore.
The festival surrounds the second new moon of the winter solstice, falling between late January and mid-February and aligns with the Chinese Zodiac that assigns an animal to each year in a repeating 12-year cycle.
2020 is the Year of the Rat, the first of the 12 animals in Chinese astrology, and is the zodiac sign of those born in the years 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020. If this is you, then you’re believed to possess the characteristics of this small creature; alertness, strong instincts and adaptability, but also have a propensity to be a little timid and sometimes stubborn.
Singapore is widely recognised as a foodie Nation and so it’s not surprising that a huge part of the CNY celebrations revolves around food; dishes prepared and eaten for their symbolic meaning or lucky belief. Foods that are traditionally served include…
Fish - believed to lead to an increase in prosperity. When serving the fish, the head should be placed toward distinguished guests or elders to show respect.
Dumplings – 'Bringing in wealth and treasure', it is tradition to eat dumplings with cabbage and radish on NYE, these ingredients suggested to brighten one's skin and gentle one's mood.
Longevity Noodles – served long and uncut, this is a symbolic representation of hope for a long lustrous life.
Fruit – Locals present oranges to loved ones; in Chinese, the word ‘orange’ sounds like ‘Ji’ meaning ‘good luck’, and oranges are a way of paying respect and conveying best wishes for the coming year.
And let’s not forget the tradition of Lo Hei or the Yu Sheng toss, which is a ritual that involves a group of people tossing a salad whilst reciting auspicious phrases before eating it. It’s considered that the higher the toss, the better your prospects in the year ahead.
Check-In to Chinatown & Check Out;
• The Colourful lights and traditional Chinese lanterns that deck South Bridge Road, New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street, where you can catch lion dancers, acrobats and street performers
• The Festive Street Bazaar (3-24 Jan, 2020) at Chinatown’s Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street, a fantastic opportunity to feast on traditional delicacies (try the waxed duck) and
bring home preserved food or clothing on sale at brilliantly decorated stalls
• Chinese New Year celebrations at NC Square that hosts the iconic River Hongbao (RHB). The larger-than-life lanterns set the mood for festivities and various activities at Marina Bay,
including the food street serving mouth-watering delicacies. RHB will start on 23 February and go on till 1 Feb
• An amazing CNY Special menu at Mag’s restaurant, cited on the ground floor of KēSa House, serving up Nouvelle Yu Sheng for 6-8 people at only $88++ per head
Stay close to the action this CNY at one of our boutique hotels located in the Chinatown district; KeSa House on Keong Saik Road or Ann Siang House on Ann Siang Road, both a mere stone’s throw from the celebrations!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!