Sights and sounds of Chinese New Year

It’s that time of the year again where the color red is the most popular, people look forward to receiving red ang pow packets (envelopes with money symbolizing good luck to ward off evil spirits) and this time it’s the “year of the snake”. Singapore is alive with the preparations for the kickoff of the CNY holiday weekend starting on February 10 with traditional Chinese music playing in all the malls and the grocery stores and fruit stalls selling more oranges than they ever will this year (more symbols of good luck). The streets of Chinatown are decorated with red paper lanterns and quite the sight especially when they’re lighted up in the evenings. There’s also the random Chinese emperor character offering blessings to those lining up to see him. =) What are the CNY traditions where you are?

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