Yes, everyone can agree to some extent it has been a challenging year. Yet here we are in 2021, continuing our fight against the global pandemic COVID-19. As we take precautionary measures to combat the virus, let’s not let it dampen our spirit to welcome the auspicious year of the Ox, because a new year is always a new beginning for new hope and best wishes.
Last year, it was the first time we celebrated Chinese New Year in the new normal. Now this year, perhaps we are more prepared in the sense we know what to expect, and used to this new normal. In keeping everyone safe during this festive season, let’s adhere to the Movement Control Order (MCO) and celebrate responsibly. Here are some suggestions to keep the traditions of celebrating Chinese New Year alive, even during the MCO.
Wear Red and Gold
First things first, let’s get into the mood of Chinese New Year. It is time to wear red! Get new clothes in red, gold accessories and perhaps a face mask coloured in red or gold, just in case you do have to go out. It is a good idea to decorate your house too, as you may have virtual guests over video calls to see your creative touches around the house. If you have the time, why not decorate a wall for your video calls backdrop?
Online Shopping, e-Deliveries
Malls are most likely to have special sales now, but since shopping everything online has become a new norm, the most online marketplace has special deals and discounts for CNY. Scout for the perfect gift for friends and family members and surprise them with e-deliveries. For those who prefer personal thoughts in gifting, why not utilise e-delivery services to send your personal DIY gift?
E-reunion with family & friends
Chinese New Year has always been about gatherings and reunions among family members. We may not be able to host or join big gatherings this year, but there’s no limitation to group video calls. Schedule video call sessions with your family, extended family, and friends you usually gather with over Chinese New Year. Eat & drink together over video calls and do not forget to take a lot of pictures and video call screenshots!
After dinner, continue the celebration with a classic game of cards, virtual style. There are also numerous online games suitable for everyone such as charades, trivia or even board games.
Send e-Hang bao
Giving red packets or hang bao is a tradition to wish your family members good wishes and give blessings. Although we may not be able to hand red packets physically, there’s always an alternative to do just that. It is always the thought that counts, and now there are plenty of ways to send e-Hang bao.
First, there’s always bank transfer but how about something different? Everyone is using e-Wallet these days, why not transfer cash to their e-Wallet or send in vouchers for their favourite items? For example, while the adults may appreciate food vouchers, youngsters might enjoy online game credits or video streaming service subscription. Those virtual e-Hang baos sure bring joy to the recipients.
This CNY, have a look at what cari@unifi sellers are offering, from authentic Chinese style feasts to snacks for your celebration at home!
- Hong FanTian Restaurant, Premeir 101, Kuching
Tea Tam Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur
Adam's Kitchen, Johor
Taiwanese Food (SJ Cafe), Selangor
- Restoran Wok Ekspres, Pahang