2021 is the Year of the Ox, which is considered as an honest, dependable, and determined animal representing patience and achieving goals through consistent effort. However, with how 2020 has brought its curse into 2021, this year’s celebration might not go as how it could’ve gone. This just made celebrating this New Year much more difficult, with families and employers trying to adapt and find ways to incorporate their tradition in a safer and socially distanced manner. While there are limitations, you can still celebrate Lunar New Year virtually from home.
These are the things that we might be missing out on this Lunar New Year due to the Covid-19 safety measures but don’t let that dictate your family or your company from making this celebration a success. Here are our creative ideas on how you can celebrate together from the comfort of your own home that makes you feel like you’re right next to each other.
1. Host A Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration
We’ve probably heard this time and time again for every celebration that happened during the pandemic but hosting a virtual celebration is a failproof method to still get that sense of holiday vibes while also staying responsible and safe. There are many ways that you can spice up your Zoom calls during this Lunar New Year:
Dress up for the occasion
No celebration will feel complete if everyone comes in their normal, everyday work attire. Plan together and have everyone appear in front of the camera in their best Chinese New Year attire.
Use an auspicious background
Having a creative background will stimulate everyone in attendance to feel like they are all together. Hence, look up or design a fun background with red lanterns and fortune cookies to lighten up the festivity rather than staring at random corners of everyone’s houses!
Don’t forget to take a group photo
With how common Zoom calls are nowadays, we’re sure that you are all aware of the group photo you can take while on video calls. Despite the current circumstances, don’t let it deter you from making memories with your team or loved ones.
2. Plan Virtual Activities with Lunar New Year Theme
Most virtual calls are usually done for meetings or discussions. Thus, on this auspicious celebration, why not incorporate some simple yet fun activities that you can use to not only engage with each other in a more casual environment and get to know each other a lot better.
Skribbl.io – Chinese New Year Edition
This free multiplayer drawing and guessing game is as simple as it gets. All you must do is go on the website, share the links, gather everyone together, choose the word and then, just start drawing and guessing. The best part about this is that you have the option to either randomize the words or customize it by adding in your own set of words for everyone to choose and draw. Easiest way to make it Lunar New Year themed for everyone to enjoy through Zoom.
Kahoot! – Lunar New Year Facts
Most students are aware of this since some professors have gotten into incorporating fun online quizzes to make their lectures less bland. Now, you can have a fun Q&A session with your attendees on Chinese New Year facts or traditions by planning the questions and set of answers. What better way to celebrate than to learn about the festivity and see who gets the highest score by the end of the game.
PSYCH! – Who knows who better?
From the creators of “Heads Up!”, if you’re looking for something more casual, PSYCH! is the way to go. You can choose from a variety of fun categories in which each player will have to make up fake answers to real trivia questions. Have you ever heard of 2 truths and 1 lie? Similarly, this game will test if you can choose the real answer among your friend’s fakes. Gain points by guessing the right answer and for each player that you PSYCH! will give you extra points as well.
3. Lunch/Dinner Party Through the Screen
Similar to a normal party, you can host a lunch or dinner party with your friends, family or coworkers virtually. This is a good way to reminisce about the good times when we could gather without the paranoia of a virus. Regardless, instead of having everyone cook their own meal at home, some ideas you can incorporate are:
Have food sent to their house
To recreate the atmosphere of Lunar New Year, have a caterer prepare or order pre-packed meals to be sent to everyone’s addresses. Make sure to plan this well if you want the food to arrive on time to avoid seeing a bunch of hungry faces on the screen.
Order a meal kit for everyone to cook together virtually
If you want to kick it up a notch, instead of having the food sent ready-to-eat, send them a meal kit where you can have a virtual cook-off or just a fun time cooking together. This is a great activity for those who are in a smaller group with people who love to cook.
Surprise them with e-Vouchers
However, if sending food or meal kits sound too troublesome for you, your best bet is to take advantage of e-Vouchers. These are hassle-free and all you have to do is insert everyone’s email and have the voucher sent straight to their emails. Now the burden wouldn’t be on you and at least your group can share what they ordered as their meal for Chinese New Year.
4. Toss the Yee Sang Online
Luo Sang session has always been such a huge culture in most offices on Chinese New Year. It’s a fun way to kickstart the year by pointing fingers at those who made the most mess on the table. Nonetheless, this year, you get to do it from the comfort of your own home with individually packed yee sangs that you can order online. Have a fun competition with your colleagues to see who ended with the cleanest table and you can finally figure out whose mess have the cleaners had to clean up all these years.
5. Gifts and Ang Pao
Giving gifts and red envelopes have always been a huge part of the Chinese New Year tradition. However, due to the pandemic, it has made it impossible for people to plan gatherings and meet each other to pass those oranges and Ang Paos.
Worry not, businesses have done well in adapting to the current situations hence, you can have hampers, oranges, cakes, and fortune cookies to be ordered online and delivered straight to people’s doorsteps. You can even substitute your Ang Paos with e-Vouchers or Gift Cards to fulfill their void through online shopping from platforms such as Lazada, ZALORA, Sephora and more. This is a good way for you to show your appreciation towards your employees or loved ones.
If All Else Fail, Plan A Virtual Lucky Draw
During every major celebration, companies will always hold a Lucky Draw as a way to show appreciation and get their employees excited to see who wins the biggest hamper. However, now that company dinners are a forbidden thing, virtual lucky draw will your next best option. Just search online for those fortune wheels or roulettes that can randomly choose the winners.
Don’t let the pandemic be a reason for you to not show your love and appreciation towards your colleagues or loved ones. Despite the circumstances, any small acts can turn a bad day into a great year.