Huat Do You Need? 6 Things For A Fun-Filled Chinese New Year With Friends & Fam

Huat Do You Need? 6 Things For A Fun-Filled Chinese New Year With Friends & Fam

Looking for ways to ring in the Year of the Rabbit this 22 January? Here are ideas for some of the things you’ll need to celebrate the season of joy and abundance. (Left: Image courtesy of Hasbro. Right: Image courtesy of Oversea Restaurant.)

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With Chinese New Year (CNY) preparations well underway, you may be thinking of ways to usher in the Year of the Rabbit. Whether you choose to jet-off for the holidays or stay in town to celebrate with a large group of friends and family, there ar just some things you can’t do without — like a new outfit and good ol’ yea sang toss! Here are ideas for some of the things you’ll need to celebrate the season of joy and abundance:

What to wear

A piece from the magnificent Batik Hare-itage Collection by Batik Boutique is a great way to kick off the new year on the right foot by surprising the fashionistas in your life or yourself with something beautiful.

A deep red and pops of orange add a touch of ong to the brand’s best-selling reversible dress. Pick between shibori Terracotta with a v-neck or boat neck front. Want something a little longer? The Latte Fern batik camisole and skirt are perfect for any occasion.

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Get your glam on

Get your glam on
Images courtesy of M·A·C.

Spoil yourself with the new M·A·C New Year Shine Collection. New colours and packaging just scream prosperity like the Matte Lipstick in Chilli and Russian Red. But if you want to take a backseat from such a bold hue, then the Matte Lipstick in Taupe of the List and Looking Like Wealth provide a subtle alternative with their fashionable, yellow-toned pinks.

Shop the new M·A·C New Year Shine Collection lipstick at RM105 each along with other products on their website and at selected M·A·C Stores.

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Gather for a festive reunion dinner

This is a must and tradition says so! Welcome the Year of the Rabbit with your nearest and dearest at the newly-revamped Oversea Restaurant. It’ll surely be a night of celebration, fortune, and the promise of a long and prosperous future. But why here? Well, despite its cool new look, Oversea honours its longstanding commitment to authentic Chinese cuisine and hospitality.

Dig into Yee Sang (from RM78), Waxed Meat Rice (from RM138), Prosperity Treasure Pot (from RM838), Dried Meat (RM 78 per box), and an assortment of confectioneries such as Taiwanese Pineapple Tarts at RM55 per box, Oriental Muffin at RM38 for 18 pieces as well as Hong Kong Style Egg Rolls at RM28.80 per box.

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Host a game night

Host a game night
Image courtesy of Hasbro.

Besides good food with the family, it’s also a time to have fun with friends. And nothing brings people together like a good round of Monopoly. Really get into the mood with the Lunar New Year Rabbit Edition Monopoly that’s a fun way for kids and grown-ups to try their luck in celebration of the Lunar New Year.

The Monopoly Lunar New Year Edition board game features a design in the traditional gold and red colours that represent good fortune and wealth. It comes with a board, six tokens, 16 Title Deed cards, 16 Fortune Stick cards, 16 Pinwheel cards, nine red envelopes, two dice, a money pack, and instructions. Appropriate for kids ages eight and up.

The new Monopoly Lunar New Year Rabbit Edition Board Game is available at Hasbro Lazada and Shopee Official Stores for RM125.90.

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Organise a movie night

Another fun indoor activity you can’t go wrong with is hosting a movie night! Even if you’re planning to stay in this year, you can still bring home some new year cheer by having a CNY movie marathon with the whole family and some friends too. Some movies we recommend you stream are Reunion Dinner, Small Town Heroes, Crazy Rich Asians and Wish Dragon 1 and 2.

Take Insta-worthy pictures at a mall

Just as with any other major festive season, the city’s malls are decked to the nines! IPC Shopping Centre is no different, welcoming the Year of the Rabbit by transforming the mall’s Andra’s Enchanting Garden from winter to spring.

Shoppers at IPC Shopping Centre can also take advantage of fantastic Chinese New Year specials and rewards till 5 February 2023. Fun activities, including sustainability-focused kid workshops for Sma Club members, festive CNY performances like lion dances, and meet-and-greets with children’s favourite characters like the God of Prosperity and Sma Club Buddies will be available to shoppers.

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A journalist by profession, self-proclaimed horror movie expert by passion. Danisha needs to spend more time watching sunsets than Netflix. Ultimately, she's just another girl figuring out her place in the world in between the multitudinous demands of adult life.