Getting new clothes for the new year

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, families are all set to parade their trendy new outfits for the festive occasion.

It is in keeping with the Chinese tradition that says you should be dressed "new" from top to toe to start the year afresh.

One-year-old Caleb Woo will be celebrating his second Chinese New Year this year and his mother, Mrs Woo Li Ting, 29, has already bought him seven new outfits - one for each day they will be visiting relatives.

Mrs Woo, who is a financial analyst, has always donned new clothing, shoes and even undergarments for Chinese New Year. It is an unspoken rule handed down by her mother who used to buy her seven outfits, too.

She says: "Keeping this tradition brings back a lot of fond memories. We got to show off our new clothes to our cousins and friends. Having to do certain things in preparation for the new year is always very exciting."

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