Dragon dance

The dragon dance, also known as longwu (龙舞) or longdeng (龙灯), is a traditional Chinese dance performance involving a team of performers using poles to rhythmically move a dragon prop usually constructed from materials such as bamboo, wood, paper and cloth. The dance is performed during Chinese festive celebrations such as Lunar New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival, as well as other special occasions. The dragon dance originated in China but has since spread to countries like Singapore.

Hongbao giving

A hongbao (or ang pow in Hokkien) is a gift of money inserted into a red packet. Red is considered a symbol of luck, life and happiness. They are given as a token of good wishes during auspicious occasions such as during Chinese New ...

Chinese New Year cakes & tidbits

Various cakes, fruits, sweetmeats and nuts are offered during the Chinese New Year celebrations. They are served because their names are a play on words, often having a double-meaning as a blessing on this auspicious occasion in a ...

Yusheng

Yusheng (or yu sheng), meaning "raw fish", is a Chinese New Year dish traditionally served on the seventh day of Chinese New Year, a day also known as ren ri (everyman's birthday). It is a salad dish comprising thin slices of raw fish ...

Chinese New Year taboos

Chinese New Year celebrations have specific rites and rituals with strict prohibitions and taboos.

Chinese New Year ceremonies

The celebrations of Chinese New Year stretch over 15 days and begin with preparations of up to one month prior to the start of celebration.

Lion dance

The lion dance is a pugilistic performance dating back to more than 1,500 years. Its performance during auspicious occasions such as the launch of new buildings, ...

Firecrackers

Firecrackers are called baozhu in Mandarin, meaning "bamboo explosions". In ancient China, bamboo stems were burnt to create small explosions in order to drive away ...

Bak kwa

Bak kwa, also known as rou gan (肉干), is a dried savoury sweetmeat which traditionally takes the form of thin square slices and is usually made from pork. Bak kwa and rou gan mean “dried meat” in Hokkien and Mandarin, respectively. ...

Chingay

Chingay is an annual street parade held in Singapore as part of the Lunar New Year celebrations. The term “Chingay” is derived from the Chinese term zhuangyi, meaning ...

Mandarin orange

Mandarin Orange (Citrus reticulata), tropical and sub-tropical tree belonging to the family Rutaceae whose fruit is popular. Associated with good fortune by the Chinese, it is a significant feature of local Chinese New Year celebrations. ...