As the Year of the Dragon dawns upon us, here are some ideas on how to get into the festive spirit this Chinese New Year with your co-living roommates.
Looking for ways to make this CNY memorable while bonding with your co-living roommates? There’s more to celebrating CNY than just wearing auspicious colours and feasting on pineapple tarts. From exploring the rich cultural landscape of the city to celebrating over a traditional steamboat dinner, here are more ideas on how you can make this CNY a joyous one for you and your roommates.
1. Organise a steamboat reunion dinner
Gathering your roommates for a traditional steamboat dinner makes for a great start to the celebrations. Have fun cooking and conversing over a bubbling pot of rich broth, adding in your favourite fresh ingredients as you do so. This is a great way to kick off the festivities, and symbolises the coming together of friends.
2. Hold a CNY game night
Embrace the lively spirit of CNY gatherings by playing some traditional Chinese card games such as “Chor Dai Di”. Spending the night laughing away over these fun games is an excellent chance for you to bond with your roommates over some friendly competition.
3. Host an at-home movie night
Since you don’t have to work over the CNY public holidays, why not host a movie marathon at home? Transform your living room into a mini at-home theatre and cozy in for a CNY movie night. Pick favourite classics such as Jackie Chan movies or other CNY-related films. Swap out the popcorn for some traditional CNY snacks like pineapple tarts or love letters.
4. View the lights in Chinatown
For a lively night out, take a stroll down Chinatown and admire the festive lights adorning the streets. Experience the dazzling sights and the hustle and bustle of Chinatown with your roommates by your side.
5. Visit a local temple
Alternatively, head down to one of Singapore’s many local temples. Explore the rich history of these religious sites and offer prayers for good fortune and prosperity in the coming year. Learn more about the temple’s cultural significance and importance by partaking in the ongoing temple events and rituals.
Singapore’s rich cultural tapestry and lively atmosphere make it a perfect place to embrace the Chinese New Year spirit and bond with your co-living roommates. Whether it be through festive feasts or cultural explorations, you’re sure to have a blast celebrating the start of the Year of the Dragon with your roommates.