BRING YOUR OWN WOW FACTOR THIS CNY
Usher in the Year of the Dog with bark, bite and some serious bling.
“Cheers to a new year, and another chance for us to get it right.”
For the Chinese, this is no doubt a busy, busy week. The Lunar New Year is only days away. On Thursday, the eve, you will gather with your nearest and dearest for the traditional reunion dinner. You will lo hei over a colourful platter of julienned vegetables with sashimi and a melange of sauces sweet and spicy — each carefully included for their auspicious names and “meaning”. You will yell out your wishes for the year as everyone dips their chopsticks into the metaphorical “pot of gold”, pick up as much of the good stuff as you can muster, raise it as high as you can reach. You want a good, prosperous, lucky year, don’t you?
For the two to three days that follow, the streets and malls will be unusually quiet. Your home, on the contrary, will be quite the riot. The door bell will be ringing all day. Everyone you know — and a few you don’t — will be extremely curious about what you have achieved in the last year. Ang pows, or red packets, will be handed out by the elders and married couples as a token of luck and all things nice for the young and unmarried ones. Children, high from candies and other festive snacks, will run wild. Phones, cameras and Instagram will be out in full force, working overtime. In some homes, the clattering of mahjong tiles will add to the familiar annual orchestra that is the Lunar New Year.
Love it or hate it, it is a second chance — another shot at the new year. For resolutions you have yet to start on, to declutter, spring clean and detox. Come February 19, or March 1 — if you’re that person who cannot begin something in the middle — you will have no more excuses; you will do what you set out to do full throttle. All. Systems. Go.
But for now, we hope you are enjoying this time, this adrenaline-pumping week of A-gaming your homes and outfits for the occasion, to impress visitors — family, extended family, friends, colleagues and quite possibly a few strangers. And for those who are looking for a little more wow factor to kick off the Year of the Dog with bark and bite, may we suggest some yellow diamonds. Yellow, we hear, is one of 2018’s lucky colours. Its affinity to gold also makes it the obvious colour to wear in lieu of red. Whether it’s a pair of drop earrings or a head-turning solitaire ring, you can be sure you’ll be making quite the statement. After all, what’s a Lunar New Year celebration if it’s not loud?
Happy New Year!
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