Family and tradition are at the heart of Chinese culture.
Tradition is a handing down of beliefs and customs from generation to generation. It provides a sense of belonging by way of reconnecting with family and friends. Tradition also allows us to show appreciation for life and circumstance.
According to the traditional Chinese calendar, 2019 is the year of the Pig.
In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth; their chubby faces and big ears are signs of great fortune and prosperity. Those born in the year of the pig love entertainment and treat themselves well.
In line with tradition and custom, the Takashimaya Lunar New Year Fair showcases over 60 booths offering the best treats; from top-grade abalone, delicate tarts and cookies, auspicious blooms and home furnishings for a symbolic instant home-makeover.
Aptly themed 满 (măn) – which means “Abundance” in Mandarin, the fair will be held at Takashimaya Square from 10 January to 3 February 2019, 10am to 9.30pm daily. At this Fair, everything one needs for a successful celebration is available.
CNY Festive Delicacies
Sweeten your celebrations with a wide array of traditional baked treats from recipes handed down over the generations – savour the all-time favourites like Kueh Lapis to classics like Nonya Kueh Bangkit from Butter Studio. If you want something special to jazz up your Chinese New Year platter of goodies, go for Kele’s Purple Sweet Potato Pineapple Tarts, Japanese Matcha Almond Cookies from The Baker Haus or savour exclusive delights available only at Takashimaya D.S- Lychee flavoured Kueh Bangkit from Butter Studio and Bak Hu Lapis from Ollella.
Great news for vegans and weight watchers! 25grams offers handmade preservative-free vegan and gluten free cookies. Also egg and dairy free, choices include Almond Cookies and Sea Salt Choc Chip.
As ‘gao’ is a homonym for “high” in Mandarin, it’s believed that whoever eats ‘nian gao’ will soar to greater heights in the New Year. East Ocean’s Golden Fortune version is shaped like a gold bar, which makes for a great gift to elders as well.
CNY Festive Premium Gifts & Hampers
The Lunar New Year is a season for bestowing (and receiving) blessings of good fortune. Beautifully wrapped hampers filled with an assortment of fine foods and choice wines symbolise good intent.
Yam! By Beauty Kitchen offers specially selected CNY gourmet foods in contemporary packaging. Imported from Australia, its premium abalones are packed in pretty gift boxes. Known as ‘bao yu’ in Mandarin, it is a homonym for “assurance” (bao) and “surplus” (yu), making it a popular gift between businessmen during this festive period.
And if you want to impress Grandma, Mum or Mum-in-law, they’ll love NestBloom’s exquisite gift sets featuring flavoured bird’s nests shaped like a flower! Other gift ideas for hampers are traditional herbs from Wing Joo Loong or fancy tea and tea sets from Pryce Tea.
The Market Place
Any reunion dinner requires meticulous planning and preparation. The best ingredients are used and at the Fair, you can purchase premium grade wagyu beef, pork belly from BBQ chef and scallops, fish maw from Tam Kah and gourmet sauces, noodles, mushrooms and dried spiky sea cucumber from Shimada, Japan – Takashimaya D.S Exclusive for an indulgent meal.
Impress the family and look like a master chef in the kitchen with House of Seafood’s Ready-to-Cook Crabs, which are available in three flavours of Chilli, Black Pepper and Salted Egg. Other scrumptious options are Poon Choi and Ready-to-Eat Beauty Shrimp in three flavours as well. If you like to spice things up with some Korean flavour, why not add Samjin Amook’s Fishcake or Bak Kwa Croquette to the spread?
As the Chinese believe that long strands of noodles symbolise good health and longevity, it is very auspicious to have a noodle dish during the reunion dinner. Ah Siong Gourmet offers authentic handmade Sibu Kampua noodles made the traditional way.
Last but not least, tantalise not only your taste buds with the Gold Boar Big Australia Brownlip Abalone that is covered with edible Gold leaf from Kanazawa*- Takashimaya D.S Exclusive
CNY Auspicious Mix
Chinese New Year won’t be complete without sweet treats and tit-bits. At the Fair, one will discover an array of candies and nuts. Remember to get a ‘Ba Bao He” or “Tray of Togetherness” with eight compartments arranged in an octagon or circle
Each compartment is filled with symbolic goodies, including peeled oranges for prosperity, lotus seeds for fertility and candied melon for good health, complete the tray with melon seeds, assorted dried fruits, and much more from King of Melon seeds or if you are into assorted nuts, Tozai from Kyoto, Japan – Takashimaya D.S Exclusive creates the perfect harmony treat to your ‘box’.
Alternatively, to add originality and uniqueness, check out exclusive range of baked nuts and extra special treats like Rose Petal Florentine from Provisions’ or Chocolate from Salon De Royal from Japan- Takashimaya D.S Exclusive . For salted egg lovers, don’t forget to grab a few packs of the immensely addictive Irvins Salted Egg Fish Skin, Potato Chips and Cassava Chips. Or go for Starchew’s Salted Egg Brainless Shrimp Cheek if you’re a big seafood lover. Not forgetting the little ones, they will love the Eureka’s Gourmet Popcorn and Fun Flakes of deliciously sweet and salty Butter Caramel with Macadamia!
CNY Home Decoration and Flowers
Red and gold is auspicious with the Chinese New Year as they signify happiness, good fortune and prosperity. Traditionally, homes are filled with Chinese knots (luck and protection), decorative goldfishes (abundance and prosperity), and pineapples (fortune and prosperity).
Lunar New Year decorations also include calligraphy, and plants to express hopes for good health, wealth and happiness. One of the most important calligraphic decorations is ‘dui lian’, a pair of red vertical strips (placed side-by-side at the door) to announce ‘wan shi ru yi’ (may your wishes come true).
Therefore, usher in an abundance of good fortune with couplets/ decorative ornaments from Shevron. Be dazzled by an array of stunning collections made in Singapore which offers exuberant mix of vibrant colours, prestige, symbolic design and intricate embroidery produced by the finest threads and fabric from Korea and Japan.
In addition, plants and flowers convey a sense of renewal. The two flowers most associated with the New Year are the plum blossom and the water narcissus. The former symbolises courage and hope, while the latter signifies good luck and prosperity.