The festive yusheng platter has become a lot more sophisticated over the years.
Parents give hongbao to children to ensure that they do well in examinations. People wear red during Chinese New Year to scare away a mythical monster and the nian gao is the Chinese equivalent of a birthday cake.
Some businesses get a whole lot busier in the lead-up to Chinese New Year. Life!Weekend goes behind the scenes to find out what it takes to face frantic crowds and work the back-end, from grilling bak kwa to packing hampers.
WHEN the Tans, who run the Prime Supermarket chain of 19 stores, gather for their Chinese New Year reunion dinner, it is an eye-popping event.
SHE IS 76 years old, but Madam Chong Hee Heok still works as a cleaner at St Hilda's Secondary School, from where her three grandchildren graduated.
MADAM Choon Keng Chan, 99, got out of bed extra early at 6am yesterday, excited about the reunion lunch she would be having with her "family" at the open space next to the Bukit Merah View Food Centre.
Chinese New Year is typically a time for shop owners and their staff to rest, but some businesses will remain open as they see this as a perfect opportunity to reap profits.
What are most Singaporeans looking for this Chinese New Year?
The Straits Times wishes our readers a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year. Enjoy a video greeting by our ST cartoonists, Lee Chee Chew and Bryandt Lyn.
With Chinese New Year around the corner, more brick-and-mortar businesses are selling goodies such as cheongsams, red packets and even bak kwa over the Web.
Eating healthy may be far from your mind during the Chinese New Year period but if you overeat, you may end up with a permanent weight gain.
Many Asian cities are awash in red as the Chinese New Year approaches. Here's a look at some of the major cities decked out and all ready to usher in the Year of the Horse.
Food catering services are getting more popular this Chinese New Year, with at least three of them seeing an increase of about 10 per cent to 15 per cent in customer orders.
Five Singapore cooks share with SundayLife! their heritage recipes, perfected over the years, for Chinese New Year. Among them: a soft, smooth radish cake; glutinous rice packed with premium ingredients; and stewed vegetables or chap chye with fa cai (black moss).
The SundayLife! food team sniffs out three shops that make their Chinese New Year goodies from scratch.
Bite through the glistening orange skin of a "kumquat" (main picture) by bakery Edible Blossoms and you taste not acid pulp but bittersweet chocolate cake or sweet lemon cake.
Producing picture-perfect pineapple tarts requires an "eagle eye".
It is the festive season's busiest period, yet Ms Olivia Lim has closed her bakery for two weeks.
As the Year of the Wooden Horse approaches, what better way to welcome it than sprucing up your home and dressing up for the occasion?
It can get boring, repeating the same phrases to everyone you meet during Chinese New Year. Be armed with 8 phrases that you can greet people with.
When you're not busying catching up with relatives, you are most likely going to be watching movies on the telly or renting some to watch.
Shout for joy, students, as it is considered bad luck to study or read during CNY. The Mandarin word for books, shu, sounds the same as the word for "lose".
As most people enjoy their Chinese New Year long weekend, there are folks who are busy working.
FOODIES hungry for round-the-clock updates on good eats have been turning in droves to a new digital resource.
So many Chinese New Year snacks are sweet and, like a lot of food people eat at this time of the year, it is symbolic. A sweet treat might herald a sweet year, and who does not want that?
Native to South-east Asia and originally cultivated in large quantities in China and Japan, mandarin oranges spread further around the world only from the early 19th century.
Retired bank executive Jannie Ng likes it that singles receive hongbao, no matter how old they are.