What to bring if you are invited to a Chinese New Year visit?
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If you have been invited to a Chinese New
Year visit, you are in luck! This joyful festival is packed with fun and
exciting activities with your family and friends, as well as delicious food,
handpicked for the occasion.
Chinese New Year is a time for giving and
sharing. Handing over a delightful Chinese New Year to your host is a big part
of the festival, as it is not only seen as courteous, but also as delivering
something positive – good health, wealth or fortune – to their household.
Superstition and auspicious symbolism take a major standing during the
celebrations and there are some special gift giving etiquettes to remember that
are specific to the Chinese. Getting off on the right foot and planting a lucky
seed in preparation for the year is vital, so be sure you get the rules right.
not to bring / gift on your Chinese New Year visit
There is a list of items you should never
bring nor gift on your visit. Sharp objects such as knives, swords or scissors
should be avoided at all cost as they can symbolise cutting off and ending a
relationship. Homophones for Chinese words for ‘umbrella’ and ‘pear’ also
represent separation, so neither items are good candidates for Chinese New Year
Other homophones include one for the
Chinese word for ‘clock’, meaning ‘end’ and implying death, which is a huge
taboo and contradiction to the desire for fresh, new beginnings. Yellow and
white chrysanthemums, a flower that is closely associated with funerals and
mourning, would also make a terrible Chinese New Year gift.
to bring / gift on your Chinese New Year visit
It is widely known that people who are not
yet married and children will receive red packets or red envelopes with lucky
money during Chinese New Year. The elderly or those who are married would
traditionally give this lucky money as a token of well-wishing, as well as
exchanging nice greetings with the receiver.
But what gifts can the others give? The
family reunion dinner is significant in Chinese New Year, so gourmet and
delicacies are generally very welcoming gifts. Chinese New Year food with lucky
connotations are desirable. For example, a dish of dried oysters and fat choy
symbolise good happenings and prosperity. Other special Chinese New Year food
may include lotus seed fillings in buns, turnip cake and nian gao (rice cake).
Giving just one of these items may not be enough
for the feast, and during this busy time, it is hard to gather together
everything you need. That’s where Chinese New Year hampers come into play. In
our hampers here at Gift Hampers Singapore, you will delight yourselves in a
wide variety of wonderful Chinese New Year gifts, perfect for every visit you
Different Styles of Chinese New Year Hampers
1. Show your gratefulness and joy with our Health & Happiness hamper. Filled to the brim with goodies, your host will be happy to receive this gift. Price: SGD$108
2. Level up with our Fortune and Fame hamper! With a generous variety of decadent goodies and gourmet items, you will simply adore this gift hamper. Price: SGD$190
3. Enjoy your visit and toast the night away with a choice of wine or champagne. Fortune Everlasting is the best gift to give if you are looking forward to having a bright and happy future. Price: SGD$218