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Things to buy for CNY


Chica Villarta

Posted on February 02, 2021

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January was just a test run—tick off this Chinese New Year shopping list for another shot at an auspicious year.

Chinese New Year (CNY) is upon us, and because January is infamously known as the "trial run" of any year, this celebration gives us a chance to collect our bearings and make a conscious effort to invite a better year ahead. Which CNY practices do you observe at home?

Knowing that the season is all about symbolisms that point us toward wealth, luck and prosperity, we toured the Ayala Malls to assemble a shortlist of meaningful must-haves for Chinese New Year.

Plant: Orchids

Apart from their gracefully regal appearance, orchids are a great addition to a Chinese New Year setup or a thoughtful gift to loved ones as they symbolize fertility and abundance.

Visit Knots at Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

Accessory: Charms

Charms may be a quintessential part of the feng shui-driven life, but it never gets old to acquire more and more, as each charm symbolizes protection or an onslaught of blessings for the unending facets of human life: from health, to marriage, to business, to a brand new car.

As our life takes on perpetual change, a new, specific charm is there to be with us in our path.

Visit Ayala Malls the 30th as it holds its Chinatown Bazaar until February 14.

Home: Lucky Decor

The rooster brings in luck in specific parts of your life, depending where you place it. In the office, it is said to peck away at gossip and office tension if placed diagonally facing the office entrance. Placed diagonally across the entrance of your home, it is said to uphold fidelity in marriage.

Visit Rustan's at Glorietta and Alabang Town Center.

Food: Dimsum

A Chinese ingot, or yangbao, was used in ancient China as money. Ingots were boat-shaped, with two ends extending upward. With a form that resembles Chinese ingots, dumplings are said to symbolize wealth, and the more dumplings one eats during Chinese New Year, the more they are to expect wealth in the coming year.

Visit Ayala Malls Capitol Central's Chinatown Village from February 1 to 14.

Fashion: Anything Red

Red is the lucky color of Chinese culture—whether Chinese New Year or not—but wearing red especially during CNY is of utmost importance as it drives away evil spirits that might disrupt the entire year ahead. On top of that, new clothes are encouraged to be worn, as they symbolize a fresh beginning to the year.

That said, donning a recently-bought, red-hued number literally sets the tone for a year of good tidings and an overflowing amount of luck.

Visit Zara at Greenbelt, One Bonifacio High Street, and Ayala Center Cebu, among other locations.

Visit the social media accounts of your favorite Ayala Malls or click here for a complete list of their Chinese New Year activities!

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