HoneyKids guide to all things Chinese New Year in Singapore for 2018

From ang pao etiquette to cute cheongsams, CNY events to a photographic stroll through Chinatown, we've got the complete lowdown on Chinese New Year 2018...

The lanterns are out and the mandarins and pineapples tarts are flowing in: it’s Chinese New Year in Singapore and it’s going to be a paw-fect one! The Year of the Dog is almost upon us, so as we usher out the noisy ol’ rooster, and welcome in a new lunar year of auspiciousness, we’re going to need to know where all the CNY fun is at, and how we can all take part in the traditions – whether we’re familiar with them or not. It’s all here in our guide to an awesome Chinese New Year for the whole family.


First up: find out why you’re being inundated with mandarins…

First of all, if you’re a CNY newbie, take a little crash course with our beginners’ guide to Chinese New Year – you’ll find everything you need to know on how to navigate the festive season without making any CNY faux pas.

Never work with kids or animals. You’ll see why in our bloopers reel.

Or let these kiddos show you how it’s done… It’s an oldie but a goodie but check out our Chinese New Year video, where our own little monkeys show us how it’s done (and don’t miss the bloopers!)

Don’t forget to look up!

Now we’re really get into the CNY spirit by diving into colourful Chinatown – one of our fave neighbourhoods in Singapore to explore with kids!

Chinatown during CNY is unbeatable!

Or, while you’re waiting for all this rain to stop, go on a little virtual trip to Chinatown with our photo essay of this vibrant pocket of the city…

Bring in all the good luck!

Now you’re in the swing of things, get your CNY prep sorted at home. And don’t forget to donate the stuff you don’t need anymore to charity, or your unwanted food bits and bobs to a Food Bank.

What do we really want to buy for CNY? Let’s start with this cushion by local label, Onlewo.

Chinese New Year is the time to spruce up your home – and your wardrobe. Woohoo! We’ve already got a big hitlist of the CNY buys we love.

The kids will love all the colourful events happening over CNY

It’s also the time to get into the serious business of filling your diary: we’ve found all the fun Chinese New Year events for families, and they’re already happening all over the island. Lion dances, people!

It’s the Year of the Dog so we’ve been discovering cool things about our four-legged friends

This year it’s all about dogs! The Year of the Dog is almost upon us so we’ve been sniffing out the fun facts we never knew about our pooches. This could also very well be the year the demands for a hound in your house ramp up. If you don’t have room to adopt a fur-friend, appease the kiddos with a pet cafe!

Dress up for Chinese New Year! Photography: Chubby Chubby

You’ll need to pick up some fun Chinese New Year outfits for the kids to wear to all those parties and family reunions, of course. And maybe even a matching little ensemble for the grown ups.

Your going to need those lovely new threads when dining out for a CNY dinner

Especially if you end up at one of the fancier CNY feasts from our guide to dining out over the festive season.

Bella Koh (with Alessandra), Aarika Lee (with Zola Mae) and Charmaine Seah (with Charlie Rose) share their Chinese New Year style with HoneyKids Asia.

Modern mums do CNY their way: Bella Koh (with Alessandra), Aarika Lee (with Zola Mae) and Charmaine Seah (with Charlie Rose).

And get some CNY style tips from some cool Singaporean mums Bella Koh, Charmaine Seah and Aarika Lee…

How to lohei yusheng Honeykids Asia Singapore

Lo hei 101

But if you’re worried about hanging out with friends who are seasoned CNY pros, our lowdown on tossing your lo hei like a local will soon have you up to speed on your yusheng know-how.

Red packets at the ready!

Don’t forget your red packets – but no need to get in a pickle over them if you’re an ang pao novice. Our handy guide will prevent any red-faced, red packet moments.

If it’s all too much, escape on a quick break with the fam

But if all this seems a little, well, too much, there’s still just about time to jet away on a last minute Chinese New Year short break.

DIY decorations for CNY!

Almost there folks! Now all you need is to add some final festive touches: these Chinese New Year craft ideas for kids should do the trick! Make sure that art kit is fully stocked before emBARKing on some CNY themed projects.

Huat ah!

Illustration: Aliff Tee for HoneyKids Asia

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