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5 Ways To Celebrate The Chinese New Year During A Pandemic

To say that the past year has been rough is an understatement. As we reach the anniversary of the global COVID-19 pandemic that has kept the whole world wrapped up, cases in Malaysia are still worryingly high. With the current trend of cases, it may seem like Malaysians will not be able to celebrate this year’s Chinese New Year as well. This is especially sad because in Malaysia, last year’s Chinese New Year was merely a topic for uncles and aunties to discuss over the lousang visitation sessions. This year, it has become something that has really hit close to home. Everyone has been impacted by the pandemic in some way. As the MCO stretches on, being able to spend time with our loved ones during the Chinese New Year is looking less and less of a possibility. Still, no matter how bleak 2020 was, we figured that it’s high time for all of us to get a little pick-me-up during the festive season and keep our spirits high. In fact, we’re going to share some ways to make the 2021 Chinese New Year one that is worth celebrating. No matter your situation, celebrating a festival as merry as Chinese New Year will help to improve your mood, as well as your mental and physical health. So, take a seat and listen up as we tell you the best ways to celebrate the festive season safely. 1. Dress up red red and ong ong Yes, we understand that you’ll most probably be stuck at home, and pajamas are probably the best choice for you to wear. But, Chinese New Year is an opportunity for you to dress up nice and red for luck and prosperity. Plus, you can even go for a CNY-inspired photoshoot session right in your home! There’s nothing more festive than an Insta-worthy photo to grab those likes. Image from: Dress Up Since the pandemic, another fashion item that has been in style is the face mask. You can consider getting yourself a pink or red face mask to match the festive vibes, especially when you’re going out to buy groceries or to pick up your food delivery. 2. Decorate your home Now that everyone is stuck at home, why not take the opportunity to decorate it with some Chinese New Year flair? After all, Chinese New Year festivities aren’t complete without the decorations! Hang up your red lanterns, decorative firecrackers, and fold some angpao fishes. Image from: Youtrip As an addition for the year, you can probably also design a corner as your virtual “hangout” spot with family and friends. As this has been the year of Zoom and video calls, it’s always good for you to jump on a video call to celebrate with family and friends even though you’re apart. Safe and responsible are the buzzwords this year! Speaking of virtual hangouts… 3. Have a virtual reunion dinner A big part of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations is the reunion dinner. One of the Chinese New Year's main purposes is to start the new year on a good note, and there is no better way to do that than to be with your whole family and feasting on the best. This is why the Chinese New Year reunion dinner is the most crucial time for you to be home. But with the pandemic still raging, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Plus, with the state borders under lockdown, the best way for you to celebrate your Chinese New Year reunion dinner is through the Internet. Whether it’s Zoom, Google Meet, FaceTime or any way you prefer, If companies around the world can hold huge meetings, there is no reason why you cannot do the same with your whole family for your reunion dinner. But what about the food? Well, here’s the beauty of it. Through Eatsily, you can order a meal for yourself and your family and have it delivered right to your home. This gives everyone the chance to partake in the reunion dinner and celebrate together even though they're apart. It’s the new normal of Chinese New Year reunion dinners! 4. Send gifts to your loved ones The first MCO saw the trend of sending gifts and food across to loved ones and friends. Chinese New Year is the season of gifts. Whether it’s your mom and your aunties trading CNY gift bags across multiple visitations, Chinese New Year is probably the best time for gift exchanging aside from Christmas. Image from: Basketeer A pandemic doesn’t have to stop that tradition. Why not send your loved ones classic Chinese New Year delights, like delectable snacks, mandarin oranges or even drinks? Believe us when we say that there is nothing like receiving a surprise gift from your family or friends. Better yet, you can even consider sending some Chinese New Year delicacies right to your family or friends’ doorstep. With Eatsily, you’ll be able to make an order and get a hot meal delivered right to their home. Of course, in the tradition of Chinese New Year, remember to return the favor! 5. Celebrate your blessings Image from: New Straits Times It is imperative for you to celebrate your blessings during this time. Be grateful that you still get the chance to celebrate Chinese New Year, even though it may be different to what you’re used to in the past. Technology has advanced to a point which enables us to celebrate and bask in the festive season while staying safe, so you should be able to share in this festive cheer with your family and friends. All in all, be glad that you’re able to celebrate Chinese New Year even though we’re in the midst of a pandemic. Image from: Tatler Asia No matter how you’re planning to celebrate this Chinese New Year, Eatsily has you covered! From restaurants to cafes, we have a comprehensive selection of cuisines to make this CNY a great one! Don’t forget to check out the list of our restaurants here. Plus, in the spirit of Chinese New Year, we’ve got something special for you. Check out our ongoing CNY promotion and get great discounts when you order with us. Don’t say we bojio ah!

08 February 2021