February 12, 2018

Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2018

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  • Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in China, is mostly celebrated by members of the Chinese community all over the world. Traditionally, it happens on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The festival goes on for about 23 days, ending on the 15th day of the first lunar month for that year.

    In the Philippines, Chinese New Year is celebrated in commemoration of the friendship between the Chinese and Filipino. Some traditions and dishes are brought upon by them to the Filipinos, that it became a regular doing up to this time. In the present time whenever Lunar New Year comes, it is widely celebrated as it became a regular holiday by the government.

    Given that this year, Chinese Lunar Year falls on a Friday, February 16, 2018; we’ve listed down some things to do, where to go, and how to basically celebrate this eventful period.

    Gather family and friends for some traditional and authentic Chinese food

    They say that the best place to eat authentic Chinese food is in Binondo in Manila, where visitors can taste Chinese food made by themselves and has been the same recipe for some years. Make your way to Binondo and visit these restaurants for a filling lunch or dinner with your loved ones.

    Enjoy a Chinese feast at the President Grand Palace where many celebrations were spent years ago. With 700 seats, indulge in their famous seafood. If you’re adventurous, try their shark, a popular choice for some customers. They focus Chinese-Cantonese cuisine, in which they have traditional and usual dishes.

    Address:  746-750 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
    Contact: 02-244-5886

    Also Read: Presidential Grand Palace Restaurant


    Staycation at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel

    This coming Chinese New Year, AG New World Manila Bay Hotel is sharing some blessings with their various promos. Celebrate a new year at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel with rates starting at Php 5,888++.  They have discounts made specifically for families and friends who want to celebrate Chinese New Year together.

    For reservations and inquiries, you may contact them through 02-252-6888 or www.manilabay.newworldhotels.com.

    Address: Pedro Gil St, Malate, Manila
    Contact: 02-252-6888 or www.manilabay.newworldhotels.com

    Read more: Celebrate The Lunar New Year at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel


    Spend family time at PLAY at Okada Manila

    PLAY or “Purposeful Learning and Activities for the Young” is the newest attraction in Okada Manila.  It is an indoor park, that welcomes kids, tweens, and teens from ages one to 16 years old. PLAY employs licensed teachers and certified experts to better improve the learning experience.

    Here, each program is coach-assisted to ensure that everyone learns while enjoying in the area. Children with disabilities and special needs are welcome in the world of PLAY. With SPED qualified and licensed coaches, your child’s playtime will surely be safe and fun.

    For ticket prices and other information, log on to www.okadamanila.com.

    Address: UG/F Coral Wing, Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Parañaque
    Contact: 02-888-0777

    Read more: PLAY at Okada Manila: Things to Know about the Newest Indoor Play Space in the Philippines


    Spend the day window shopping and watch grand fireworks showcase at the Uptown Mall in BGC

    For the entire month of February, luck, and sparks are found in the Uptown Mall in BGC, as they celebrate Chinese New Year with everyone.  Enjoy various activities from forecasts to photo booths and ending the day with vivid and thrilling fireworks showcase.

    On February 16, 2018, 8:00 pm, they’ll be showcasing different types and colors of fireworks for everyone to watch This is a free event and everyone is invited.


    Enjoy a unique tikoy at home with Family

    At the end of the day, a celebration like this is for us to spend time with our families. One thing that should be present is tikoy or sweet rice cake, a traditional sticky dish eaten during Chinese New Year as it also symbolizes the bond of the families eating it together.

    A tikoy is usually round, Jasmine at New World Makati Hotel created unique forms to entice the customers. Choose from three different auspicious shapes designed to attract good luck and prosperity, such as the gold bar (Php 999), round (Php 1,188), and koi (Php 1,388).

    Address: New World Makati Hotel, Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City
    Contact: 02-811-6888 ext. 3338

    How will you celebrate Chinese New Year with your family and friends? Share it with us below!

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