Sunday, June 13, 2021

Chinese New Year

Covid keeps lion dance backstage this year

With much of the country still subject to restrictions on movements, the traditional lion dance has been far from the spotlight, forcing performers who normally rake in high profits this season to find other means of earning a living.
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The lion tamed in the year of the Ox

Choo Kok Yew's lion dance troupe is normally busy during the Chinese New Year season, but not this year.

Covid-19 looms large over Sarawak river town

Townsfolk worry that what promised to be a boom could turn into a bust thanks to the effects of the pandemic.

China passenger trips plummet over CNY due to Covid-19 fears

Passenger traffic over the Lunar New Year break plunged 58% from last year to 97.7 million trips, according to preliminary estimates from the transport ministry, including journeys made via railways, roads, waterways and air.

19 arrested for defying SOPs in CNY gathering

The 11 men and eight women had been gathered at a rented homestay since Feb 13.

Japan turns to cuddly toys to boost Lunar New Year sales without Chinese tourists

Japan is feeling the loss of Chinese tourists who normally come to stock up on expensive gifts for Chinese New Year.

New Year hopes shine through poverty and hardship for family on the breadline

Their elderly parents are wheelchair-bound and they themselves have special needs, but Mei Ching and her brother are glad to be celebrating Chinese New Year as a family nonetheless.

Reunited under the shadow of Covid-19

While many aspects of Chinese New Year will be different or entirely missing under the movement control order this year, families such as that of Fong Teck Keong in Kampung Baru Ampang will still gather for reunion dinners under strict health SOPs.

Reunion dinners under MCO a tall order for restaurants

With dine-in customers limited to just two per table, restaurateurs are forced to come up with creative ways to continue delivering a crucial part of Chinese New Year celebrations.

Uncle Kapitan, the old man of Jelebu

Lim Tiap Beng, fondly known as Uncle Kapitan in his village in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, has lived alone since his mother passed away 34 years ago. While he still has a sister and other family members, he will spend Chinese New Year alone in his rickety old house as Covid-19 movement restrictions remain in place across most of the country.

No electricity or running water, but ‘Uncle Kapitan’ waits to celebrate new year anyway

Lim Tiap Beng lives alone in an old wooden house in a village in Negeri Sembilan but he is happy that he has good neighbours and a friend who looks out for him.

Majority believe SOPs needed for Chinese New Year, survey shows

The need to restrict movements during the festive season is cited as the main reason for this support, although those who disagree question the limits when economic activities are allowed.

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