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The first day of the Chinese New Year is on Saturday 5 Feb 2000.

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    Get For Me: Chinese New Year

     By now, most Chinese homes in Singapore would have been spring cleaned and freshened with a new coat of paint. Many would have taken leave to prepare their homes for the coming year of the Dragon. Supermarkets around the island are jam-packed with shoppers making their annual purchases of Mandarin oranges, flowers, fresh meats, sweets, new year plants, drinks, and other festive food, such as barbecued pork. For the last two nights, the markets had been open 24 hours to help shoppers pack up on new year goodies and fresh food. As most shops remain closed for the first four days of the Chinese New Year, people from other races as well as expatriates need to stock up enough food to last the next few days.

     The banks are flushed with new banknotes for exchange with their customers. We, married Chinese, like to put crisp new notes in little red packets called ANG POWs which we then present to children and unmarried adults as a token of good luck. Children take the opportunity to collect as many ANG POWs as possible. It is also traditional for Chinese to dabble in a friendly game of cards during this period.

     So, what happens on Chinese New Year eve? Family members put up decorations around the house. Potted plants in and around the house are pasted with red 'lucky' paper and their branches are tied with red ribbons. This year will see many dragon motifs around the house as it is the year of the Dragon. Some dialect groups, such as the Hainanese, leave all the lights in the house switched on all through the night right till 7 am on Saturday. This is to welcome the new year. Other dialect groups pay a visit to their temples at midnight to offer blessings to the Gods and wish for a prosperous year ahead.

    Not to be missed is the annual reunion dinner in which all family members participate. Immediate family members and their spouses and offspring tuck into a generous spread of food, such as chicken, abalone, duck, sharksfin soup, pork, sea cucumber,  seasonal vegetables and many more. It's a feast not to be missed.

     What is sorely missed every Chinese New Year is the firing of firecrackers. Since 1971, the letting off of fire crackers has been banned in Singapore. So, it is going to be another quiet year. If you are interested in reading a short story about how some people spent their Chinese New Year in the late 60s, click here: SHORT STORY.

     On the night of Chinese New Year eve, siblings present their parents with two Mandarin oranges each and wish them KIONG HEE WHATT CHAI, meaning ' Wishing you a prosperous new year ahead '. Their parents present them with ANG POWs. Even grown-ups who already have their own families get ANG POWs from their parents. It's a long standing tradition.


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Today Friday 4 Feb  2000

In Singapore

In his Chinese New Year message, PM Goh Chok Tong called on Singaporeans to change their attitude towards risk taking. He said that Singaporeans had to be more entrepreneurial and less averse to taking risks if they wanted to succeed in the global economy.

In what could be the biggest case of criminal breach of trust brought before the courts here,  former Singapore Airlines (SIA) cabin-crew supervisor, Teo Cheng Kiat, 47,  has been charged with taking almost S$30 million from the company over five years. As charges against him pile up, the airline halts payments of meal allowances temporarily to check its system.

A special Millenium Toto Hongbao draw will be held next Thursday and it is expected to deliver the largest-ever payout for a Toto draw. Lottery operator, Singapore Pools has announced a top prize of S$10 million for the draw, to be won by ticket holders with six winning numbers from 1 to 45.


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Dallas: Priya Purewal, a 4-year-old Texas girl of Indian descent, who can read like a 10-year-old and wants to be a neurosurgeon, has been admitted to the elite, high-IQ Mensa society.

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