Producers: Nicole & Fang Yi
Videographer: Qi En
Video Editor: Fang Yi

Hop into this video with UrbanWire as we unveil the evolution of Chinese New Year traditions whilst exploring one of Singapore’s cultural gems, Chinatown, which comes alive every Lunar New Year.

Did you know that you are not allowed to clean or sweep your home on the first day of the Lunar New Year? Look out for these intriguing insights into the customs that have shaped Singapore’s cultural landscape in our video! As the video unfolds, be prepared to be whisked away on a sensory adventure through the kaleidoscopic streets of Chinatown, adorned with intricate lanterns and vibrant decorations. Against this backdrop, we will uncover the essence of Chinese New Year, offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of traditions that define this auspicious occasion.

One of the highlights of the video is the exploration of Chinatown’s culinary delights. We indulge in a plethora of Chinese New Year goodies, from crunchy peanuts symbolising longevity to sweet candies representing a year filled with happiness. Through our gastronomic and fun journey along the streets of Chinatown, we also share with you a deeper understanding of the cultural significance behind every food.

Moreover, you can expect us to shed light on the significance of various rituals and taboos associated with Chinese New Year. Learn about the age-old tradition of abstaining from wearing black during the festive season as it symbolises bad luck and mourning. 

On a deeper level, we hope that this video will be a poignant reminder of the importance of cultural preservation and celebration. In an increasingly globalised world, where traditions often blur and identities meld, we now see many fusion and modern cuisines that cater to the younger and trendier crowd. Fusions can also be found in clothing, as while the Cheongsam, a traditional Chinese garment, is seen less often today, some facets of this beautiful traditional dress can still be spotted on modern-day clothing in many local blog shops. 

As we welcome the Year of the Dragon, let us carry forth the spirit of celebration and unity encapsulated in the festivities, ensuring that these cherished traditions continue to thrive for generations to come.