Celebrating Chinese New Year the Baba-Nyonya Way

loading The 15th day of Chinese New Year may be the most exciting day for young Baba-Nyonyas – it is not just the first full moon of the Lunar New Year, but the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day as well.

Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals to the Baba-Nyonyas. Given their long history of assimilating into the local non-Chinese community, certain Chinese New Year traditions naturally differ.

The Similarities

Traditions and taboos

Red packets of money symbolising luck and prosperity must be given by married couples to children as well as unmarried teenagers and adults – especially during home visits and open houses.


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