Long Distance Chinese New Year Celebration
6 virtual ways you can be festive this CNY.
Covid-19 cases have been consistently high lately, and it’s showing no signs of calming down. With Chinese New Year right around the corner, many of us have to reimagine how to celebrate this festival that only comes once a year. Even if our loved ones are miles away, we can still find creative ways to bring in the lunar new year with your family and friends. After all, nothing is impossible with the power of technology and the Internet!
Here are 6 ways you can celebrate Chinese New Year despite the long distance.
1. Host a virtual reunion
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It may seem like an obvious choice, but planning an online reunion can still be special.
Imagine having your older relatives, such as your grandparents learning and experiencing an online zoom call for the first time. What makes it even more special is that the whole family will make time for each other just for this virtual reunion. This wholesome experience will be something you and your family will reminisce about in the future!
Plan ahead and set a convenient time for everyone to ensure that the online reunion goes smoothly. You can even be a bit more extra and decorate your background with CNY ornaments. Zoom also allows you to change your virtual background to any image you want! So be as creative as you wish and have fun.
2. Send CNY Gifts
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Sending gifts is a thoughtful way to show your loved ones that you care about them during a time like this. Fortunately for us, there are so many convenient ways we can send gifts without leaving our homes.
We recommend express delivery services such as GrabExpress and Lalamove that offer same-day delivery for relatives in Klang Valley. GrabExpress is currently having a CNY promotion where you can save up to 80% on all your CNY deliveries! Depending on the distance, your loved ones could receive your gifts within hours!
If you have a little more distance between you and your loved ones, just go to your nearest courier service and have your parcels shipped right away. We recommend trying EasyParcel as they can compare shipping rates of different courier companies for you. You can even choose to drop off your parcel or have the courier collect it from you!
What’s a little distance if you can send your best wishes through lovely gifts this CNY!
3. Treat your loved ones to food delivery
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A CNY celebration will not be complete without food! Now that we can’t have our reunion dinners in restaurants, food delivery services are the next best thing!
Bring the restaurant experience to your family and friends by treating them to yummy food this CNY. Four Points by Sheraton, Mandarin Oriental KL, Shangri-La KL and Concorde Hotel are some of the many famous restaurants offering CNY delivery set meals in Klang Valley.
4. Home cooking
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Maybe this year’s CNY is meant to be more close to home. This year, spend a little more valuable time with your family and cook a CNY meal together. How long has it been since you helped your mother out in the kitchen?
Try out these CNY recipes from Rasa Malaysia and tell us what you think!
5. Online games
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Online games are a fun way to spend time with your loved ones online. Prepare some virtual gifts, such as E-Ang Pow for the winners, and you may even discover who is secretly competitive among your relatives!
Here are some of our recommendations for your virtual family fun time:
Bingo is a classic family game. This bingo card generator is a perfect way to play it online. It’s even free for up to 30 players!
Available on the App Store and Google Play, Plato is an app with over 30 multiplayer games. With just your smartphones, you can play all types of games with your family and friends. Some of our favourites are Bankroll, Ocho and Draw Together.
6. E-Ang Pow
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To our younger and unmarried readers, this is for you. Are you upset that your Ang Pows may decrease this year due to lockdown? Take the Ang Pow tradition digital and convince your aunty and uncles to try online Ang Pow! Just tell them it’s the new pandemic trend.
There are lots of E-Wallet apps that allow you to send and receive money easily. And if you don’t use E-Wallets, there’s always online bank transfer.
With that said, we wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year filled with blessings and prosperity. We hope that the tips we share can help you have a memorable Chinese New Year this year of the ox.
What do you have planned for this Chinese New Year? Share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!