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CNY Guide To Kuala Lumpur
Celebrate Chinese New Year With The Kids

Where to go, what to see, what to wear, what to buy… so many things to think about at CNY!

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Top Reunion Dinner Places In KL
Chinese New Year Family Feasting!

For the Chinese community, the customary reunion dinner where the younger and older generation come together takes place on the eve of the Chinese New Year over a feast of sumptuous dishes with auspicious meanings. For more and more families in the city, dining out is proving to be the popular option for reasons including convenience and comfort. The reunion dinner can only be completed with the obligatory toss of the highly popular yee sang, a raw fish salad created by Chinese immigrants who settled in Malaysia.

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CNY Decorations In KL
Flowers + Plants + Trees

With CNY just around the corner, Chinese families are busy sprucing up their households with lots of spring cleaning and decorating, which usually means flashes of red everywhere from pillows to decorative lanterns, as well as fresh flowers and plants. Auspicious plants and flowers are used to add color to one’s homes and also to usher in lots of good luck, prosperity and positive energy.

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Ang Pow 101: Do's And Don’ts
What To Do With Those Little Red Envelopes

During Chinese New Year people give money as gifts in ang pow to children, friends and family. The reason they are red is because the Chinese believe red is a lucky color and scares away evil spirits. Check our Little Steps guide to discover the traditional rules surrounding these little red envelopes.

 

What is ang pow?

An important part of Chinese traditions, ang pow are little red packets adorned with Chinese elements and containing money.

 

When do we give ang pow?

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CNY Traditional Eats
Must-Try Treats For The Whole Family!

Just like Christmas, Chinese New Year is a time for getting family and friends together to tuck into some delicious traditional food such as these yummy sweet dumplings pictured above.

To make sure your little ones are noshing down on all the right stuff this CNY, check out our top must-tries below. And if your kids are handy in the kitchen, let them give our Little Steps sweet dumpling recipe a go this CNY!

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CNY Lion Dances + Cultural Performances
Festive Happenings For All The Family

The year 2018 brings us the Year of Dog and Chinese folks all over the world welcome the New Year with a big bang. In Malaysia, the sound of drums and firecrackers accompanying the frenzy of lions and dragons is very much a welcome sight as they are thought to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. For shoppers, the sight of these skillful dancers who can scale tall poles and entertain the crowd is a sure crowd-puller in most malls.

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CNY Mall Activities In KL
Festivities To Usher In The Year Of The Dog

Have you got your shopping sorted for the Lunar New Year? Malls all over the Klang Valley are filled with amazing festive décor, and are putting on a number of cultural performances such as Lion Dances, kids’ workshops for the little ones, CNY-themed contests, and plenty of activities to entice shoppers. We’ve scoured the city to find the top malls to get in the mood for CNY with free entertainment and activities throughout the month of February.

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Chinese Traditional Dress And Cheongsams
Where To Buy For CNY

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, it’s a great time to hunt for Oriental-inspired outfits just in time for family reunions and CNY-themed parties at school. From malls to online shops and bazaars, we give you a round-up of the best places in Kuala Lumpur to shop for Oriental chic attires suitable for all budgets so you can welcome the Year of the Dog with plenty of styles.

 

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