While Lunar New Year may be an important holiday to the Chinese, it’s also a fun excuse for throwing a party. If you're done hanging red and gold decorations, we're thinking you might need a little help with your outfit, menu, and activities. Check out our suggestions below for more ideas!
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Hosting a New Year's party at home? Instead of buying everything,—or cooking them from scratch—leave it to honestbee. Just a few clicks, and you can have Chinese food and lucky dishes delivered to your home just in time for the celebration! Enjoy take out from your favorite restaurants and merchants like Shi Lin, Decs, Lugang Cafe, Ersao, Holland, Eng Bee Tin, and more!
Chinese New Year celebration is another excuse to dress up, and where else can you find party-ready frocks than at Rustan's? Find brands like Aidan Mattox, Bardot, Finders Keepers, Keepsake, Tadashi Shoji, Natori, Longchamp, or Lipault to build your red and gold look!
Step up your favorite white sneaks (literally) with this limited edition Keds Triple CVO platform sneakers accessorized with a lucky golden pig charm! This collection drops on February 1, so go head to the nearest Keds outlet to get yours!
You just gotta love sale season! For three days only (January 31 to February 2), Lazada will be offering up to 80% off of its local and international-branded items! Don't forget to “Shake It” and “Slash It” for additional discounts and promotion vouchers, too!
Looking for a present for the little ones? Surprise the kids with cute pig plush toys and novelty items from SM Accessories Kids and Toy Kingdom! They're so adorable that you might even get tempted to buy one for yourself!
This Year of the Pig, Miniso brings in good luck to your homes with fluffy pig plush toys, pillows, eye masks, and neck pillows! Do check them out this February at Miniso stores in most SM Supermalls nationwide.
Where's the Buzz
Step inside Shangri-La Plaza and be ready to be wowed by their 1,400 traditional Chinese lanterns cascading down from the 32-meter-high ceiling of the Grand Atrium, as well as the giant 24 ft lantern in the Main Wing. But that's not all, Shangri-La Plaza has lots of activities for its shoppers! There's a Chinese Spring Festival from January 30-February 2, a Chinese New Year Fireworks Show on February 2 at 8pm, a Dragon & Lion Dance on February 5, and a Dragon & Lion Dance Exhibition by the Philippine Ling Nam Athletic Federation of February 10 at 2 PM.
At City of Dreams Manila, you can celebrate the Lunar New Year in style! From January 25 to February 19, Crystal Dragon will be offering specialty menus for lunch and dinner featuring the Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng with Fruit Salad; and the Shredded Roasted Duck with Fresh Fruit Salad with dressing. Meanwhile, a special Lunar Festive Menu can also be found at Red Ginger. Guests can also participate the activities prepared by City of Dreams Manila from February 8-10 at the activity area in front of Café Society. There will be fortune tellers, a God of Fortune mascot, and cultural dancers for everyone's entertainment!
Whatever it is you need for the Lunar New Year, you can find at Marriott Manila—from delicious dishes to treats and accommodation deals! For gifts, you can get Man Ho’s Ti-Koi Fish for only Php 1,888 nett. If you're dining at Man Ho, you can also try two of their newest dishes: Lohei and Poon Choi. Or if you want to spend the night, Marriott Manila is offering a special Gatherings Room package from February 3 to 7, 2019, which includes F&B credits and a box of tikoy!
Experience a unique and authentic seafood market experience at Seascape Village this Lunar New Year. The dining complex with restaurants and a wet market has so much to offer—from affordable fresh seafood, to the majestic view of the Manila Bay, to a Chinese New Year celebration, complete with traditional Chinese performances, dragon and lion dances, fireworks display, and Feng Shui reading.
Coming all the way from Hong Kong, Feng Shui Master Joseph Chau will be facilitating a Taoist Ritual Blessing Ceremony to guests attending the event on February 2019, 11AM at Marco Polo Manila's ground floor lobby. After which, a dragon and lion dance will be performed!
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