Chinese New Year (CNY) isn’t just about eating good food and catching up with relatives. Its entire purpose is to usher in the lunar new year with a set of cultural customs that are said to increase your prosperity, returns and luck. If you have been wondering why your elders insist things be done a certain way before or during the New Year, here’s your chance to understand why with these 12 CNY workshops.
1) Brush up your strokes in this CNY Calligraphy Workshop
If there’s anything about Chinese New Year that insists things be done a certain way, it’s calligraphy. Word has it that the way you stroke the brush not only affects the aesthetics of the calligraphy, it affects your luck and prosperity as well.
In this workshop by Aozora Creative Studio, Instructor Wong Kee will teach you how to write Spring (春) and Prosperity (福) – two essential words in the Chinese New Year lexicon. He will also show you how to write a couplet and acquaint you with the specialised tools and techniques of Chinese Calligraphy.
Date: 12 January 2019
Time: 2 – 5 pm
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053
Admission Fee: $68 for early birds, $88 otherwise
2) Make it snow with this CNY Snow Globe Workshop
In some parts of the world, people celebrate Chinese New Year with snow.
Can’t relate? Make your own with your very own handcrafted snow globe!
Make it into whatever you want; you can choose to commemorate the Year of the Pig, or even the ever-familiar cat as pictured above. In this workshop, Nature Matters will give you everything you need – materials and knowledge included – to make a snow globe.
The term “special little snowflake” has never sounded more apt.
Date: Jan 26, 2019
Venue: The Royals Bistro NUS, 1 Create Way, CREATE Tower, #01-03, NUS University Town
Admission Fee: $58
3) Ready your sweet tooth with a CNY Tsum Tsum Agar-Agar Cake-Making Workshop
Have a sweet tooth but bored of the usual assortment of cakes and pastries? How about some Tsum Tsum Agar-Agar cake?
The folks at Bakefresh Studio will teach you how make a unique Chinese New Year-themed 3D Tsum Tsum Agar Agar Cake… and a bonus recipe for the All-Time Classic Chendol Agar Agar.
Sound like a good deal? Go ahead and sign up!
Oh, and you can use your SkillsFuture credit as well.
Date: Jan 10-29, 2019
Venue: Bakefresh Studio, Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #02-42
Admission Fee: $200 (claimable), $50 (non-refundable/claimable admin/ingredient fees)
4) Make various CNY treats with The Domestic Goddess Wannabe
That’s right, The Domestic Goddess Wannabe herself will show you how to make various CNY treats – from the staple pineapple tarts, super savoury salted egg yolk cookies, bak kwa, yam cakes — so many of them that she had to split it into four different classes!
If you so desire, you can attend all of her classes and be the wannabe to The Domestic Goddess Wannabe but the beauty of this is you can pick the kind of food you’ve been wanting to make.
Date: Jan 5-20, 2019
Venue: Dream Studio, 8 Jalan Kuras Singapore, 577725
Admission Fee: $138 per workshop
5) Paint your CNY canvas in pastels
If the bright colours of Chinese New Year overwhelm you, how about calming your eyes down with some pastel art?
At Simply Nagomi, learn the delicate simplicity behind pastel art and see how different of an effect it can give to the usual Chinese New Year art pieces.
Everyone above 10 years is welcome to join, even those without prior art experience or background! What’s more, you get to bring home your display-worthy pastel Chinese New Year art!
Date: 12 January 2019
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Venue: Grandlink Square, 511 Guillemard Road
Admission Fee: $60 per person, $100 for two
6) Forecast your Year of the Pig with a Fengshui Talk
If you’ve always thought of Fengshui as an arcane art, you will pleased to know that Lucy Richardson of Fengshui Focus will clear it up and help you predict your 2019.
It’s also appropriately held at the Emperor’s Attic, where you will be able to enjoy the oriental ambience, where it is arranged with fengshui in mind, ensuring good vibes and a peace of mind.
Date: 16 January 2019
Time: 10 – 11.30 am
Venue: Emperor’s Attic, 315 Outram Road, #01-10, Tan Boon Liat Building
Admission Fee: $20
7) Put your green fingers to use in a Terrarium Workshop
To put it simply, a terrarium is a self-sustaining greenhouse for plants. In this workshop by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, you will learn what plants go into a terrarium and how the whole thing works.
It is also said that plants bring better fengshui to your home, so this workshop is worth digging into.
Also check out our other post on 7 Terrarium Workshops here!
Date: 13 January 2019
Time: 2.30 – 3.30 pm
Venue: 1 Straits Boulevard
Admission Fee: $5
8) ‘Veganise’ CNY with Pineapple Tarts & Matcha Cookies
If you are the conscientious sort and would like to save the animals, look no further than to ReJoyce’s baking class. Joyce, head chef of ReJoyce, specialises in vegan cuisine and she will show you that vegan food can taste just as good as its normal counterpart.
Joyce is quite qualified herself, starting out from a self-taught baker to becoming an internationally accredited chef at the Rouxbe Cooking School with a final grade of 100%. You won’t want to miss this class if you’re serious about vegan food.
Date: Jan 13, 2019
Venue: TSI Baking Studio
Blk 333, Kreta Ayer Road, #03-23
Admission Fee: $108
9) Fancy yourself some pineapple jam? Make it yourself!
Have you ever eaten pineapple tarts with jam that’s too sweet and pasty, and you think to yourself, “I want none of this.” Well, this workshop by Cookie Decorating In Singapore will show you how to make authentic pineapple jam so you don’t have to have those moments anymore.
In addition, this workshop will also show you how to roll your own pastry for the pineapple tart so that it crumbles and melts in your mouth. Who wouldn’t want that?
Date: Jan 15-16, 2019
Venue: Tampines Central Community Club and Bukit Panjang Community Club
Admission Fee: $35-$38, in addition to $19 ingredient fee
10) Brew some tea (the real kind) with a tea master
Spilling the tea while visiting relatives for Chinese New Year wouldn’t be complete without, well… the tea. This tea spilling session would be made even better with good tea, and that is where Tea Chapter’s Chinese Tea Art Course would come in handy for you.
In this 2-hour course, a tea master will show you the different types of teas, point out what kind of flavours you should be looking for in a tea as well as the tea creation process. Then you will complete an assessment that will have you be an “apprentice” of sorts to the tea master, where you will receive a lifetime VIP membership card.
Date: Ongoing throughout the year
Time: 2 hours, book slots most suitable for you
Venue: 9 Neil Road, Singapore 088808
Admission Fee: $380 per person, min 2 pax
11) Let the (mahjong) games begin
During Chinese New Year, where there is good food, good company and good festivities, there is bound to be mahjong. Whether you find your mahjong game to be a little weak, or you just want to up your mahjong game, this workshop by Brahm Centre will ensure you stay on top of it.
Not only will you be able to get a better chance at prize money when it comes to it, it also improves your cognition because it is a mentally intensive game.
Date: Jan 8 to Mar 5, 2019
Venue: Brahm Centre @ Novena, 71 Irrawaddy Rd, Ren Ci Hospital #03-09
Admission Fee: $64
12) Dance to the beat of the drum for this Lion Dance workshop
In Singapore, the Lion dancing to the thumping sound of the drums and the clatter of the cymbals mark the coming of the Chinese New Year. Some find it exciting, some find it annoying, but most can’t deny how iconic it is.
Through this workshop by Wenyang Sports Association, you will not only learn the techniques to the Lion Dance, but you will appreciate the work that goes into it – particularly the sheer physical stamina needed to sustain the dance. If you’re looking for a physical challenge, this is it.
Date: Ongoing throughout the year
Time: Every Saturday, 5pm-9pm
Venue: Toh Guan Road East Enterprise Hub Level 9
Admission Fee: TBC
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