Every new year kicks off with fresh energy and gusto all over the world. The Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New year on 12th February 2021 marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox. The second animal of the Chinese zodiac, the ox denotes hard work, honesty and positivity which is said to be manifested in us throughout the next 12 months.
The Chinese New Year is popularly known as the Spring festival as it marks the end of winter and beginning of spring. Traditionally, we love to take part in certain customary festivities but this year things are slightly different due to the consistent lockdowns and strict policies concerning public gatherings.
In order to celebrate the beginning of the year of the Ox without breaking COVID-19 guidelines, we have listed a few ways in which you can enjoy the Chinese New Year in lockdown :
1. Cook up a feast
Food is a huge part of Chinese Culture and New Year celebrations call for nothing less than a grand feast. Certain specialties that are considered auspicious are served to bring good luck and prosperity for the upcoming year. The most popular New Year foods are fish, spring rolls, dumplings, noodles, wontons and glutinous rice cakes. To celebrate the Chinese New Year 2021, uncover the symbolic nature of the food specialties and discover the meaning behind it. Make the meal extra special by finishing off with sure you end it with oranges for dessert to welcome good fortune!
2. Clean up and decorate your home
House cleaning is the most important part of the festival. It signifies getting rid of the old clutter and preparing for a new beginning. With festive decorations and heightened spirits littering the scenes, the New Year is the best time to give your house a much needed cleanse. The idea of having a corner/wall decorated to serve as a perfect Instagram/zoom backdrop has been in trend since the onset of the pandemic. Jump on this trend and dress up your favourite corner with red festoons, sparkly buntings and flowers that reflect your mood.
3. Exchange Gifts
Chinese New Year has a tradition for gift-giving. The most common Chinese New Year gift is a red envelope containing money. This year if your family is unable to visit, you can send some love their way in the form of electronic money transfer or an e-gift card for some retail therapy.
4. Virtual Reunions
The most important part of celebrating the new year is spending time with your friends and family. Organise a virtual DIY paper lantern making. Brighten up the celebrations by adorning your home with the personally handcrafted lantern. If you are feeling a little perky, then arrange for a cocktail making session. Don’t forget to add a little bit of oomph to your cocktails with a showstopper decoration sparkler.
5. Spread Some Love (not the virus)
Ensure the safety of yourself and everyone around you. Follow government guidelines and have a wonderful time.
We wish you a healthy and prosperous Lunar Year; may the ox carry with him a clear conscience and an optimistic breakthrough.