Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here’s What to Look Forward to this Chinese New Year

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Chinese New Year is just around the corner! And while public gatherings and grand celebrations on the streets are not allowed, you can still enjoy the festivities at home. Here’s what you can do to celebrate the Chinese New Year even if you and your family are staying indoors:

Relax over the long weekend 

This 2021, the Chinese New Year falls on a Friday—which means you have three whole days to enjoy some well-deserved ‘me time’! You can opt to stay in and binge-watch your favorite shows since most festivities in Binondo are canceled due to safety precautions. Here are three items to make your binge-watching more pleasant: 

Popcorn Maker 

What’s a movie without popcorn? Make your own favorite popcorn with this Popcorn Maker from Russell Hobbs Fiesta. 

Smart TV

Immerse yourself with the movies with a wide, high-definition screen from ACE. 

Inflatable lounge chair and ottoman 

Whether you’re watching alone or with a significant other, finding the perfect spot is the best way to spend the weekend. 

Celebrate with your favorite Chinese New Year treats and delicacies at home

Just because celebrations are canceled doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holiday. Instead of risking your health by dining out, you can order in some Chinese take-out. Better yet, prepare a home-cooked Chinese New Year meal with your family—fun and inexpensive! Here are three products that will come in handy in the kitchen: 


Perfect your pancit canton and fried rice recipes with this durable wok pan from Tefal. The exclusive titanium hard base makes it an ideal investment for the aspiring chef. 

Air fryer 

Tempted to make dumplings this Chinese New Year? Opt for the healthier cooking option with the Kyowa Air Fryer. 


What’s Chinese New Year without a dessert as delicious as tikoy? Grab yours from Polland now, just in time for the celebrations! 

Preserve the tradition of giving ‘ang pao’ 

On top of the festive food and drinks, superb dragon dances, and the last-minute shopping for new clothes, the Chinese also look forward to receiving red packets, or ang paos, during house visits and reunions with relatives. The giving of ang paos during Chinese New Year is a meaningful gesture, with the red colour of the envelope symbolizing energy, happiness, and good luck. These are traditionally handled out by married couples to the younger generation, as a sign of goodwill and a symbol of good fortune.

Although big gatherings are currently banned, you can still digitally send ang paos to your loved ones via ShopeePay! ShopeePay is Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet that lets you pay for your online purchases, utility bills, NBI clearance, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) stickers. Here’s how you can digitally send money to friends and relatives: 

For more information about the money transfers, check out https://help.shopee.ph/ph/s/article/How-can-I-transfer-my-ShopeePay-balance 

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

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