This is the most important festival of the chinese community and it lasts for a full two weeks! it begins with a reunion dinner which is traditional for every member of the family to attend. Chinese New Year is the time when spirits are appeared and offerings are made to gods.
It is a boisterous festival with the clang of cymbals accompanying lion dances and the thunder of firecrackles filling the air.
Guests are entertained to a variety of sumptuous food and drinks and the unmarried youngsters are given ang pows – gifts of money enclosed in little red packets.
Major hotels and shopping complexes celebrate the occasion by holding lion dances and special chinese programmers to entertain their clients.