Chinese New Year celebrated by giving goodies to migrant Workers in Singapore

Celebrating the holiday with family and sharing prosperity. Kong He Fat Choi!

Mommy Rhey | Feb. 22, 2022 | 346 reads
Chinese New Year celebrated by giving goodies to migrant Workers in Singapore
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Chinese make up at least 77% of the population in Singapore. Most natives and migrants celebrate Chinese New Year, which lasts up to 15 days. The first two days of it are a public holiday.

Families often celebrate it with traditional Chinese food, decorations, beaches, watching the lion and dragon dance, lineage reunion, giving gifts, or red envelopes. It is also a celebration of hope, love, and giving.

On the other hand, Emily Yap celebrated her New Year with the migrant workers. She was able to give out 100 goodies to migrant workers at the Chye Joo Construction with the help of the Migrant Workers' Centre.

Emily is a palliative nurse at the Alexandra Hospital and was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was young. She organized the event and cheered the hard-working migrants to support their families in Singapore or other countries.

Emily said, "Kindness is a beautiful gift that you can give to others, to uplift them."

In an interview with Emily's mother, Audrey, her daughter believes in family gatherings, especially in festive seasons like Chinese New Year. She thought that migrant workers wouldn't celebrate it with their families and feel lonely, mainly because they couldn't be home due to the pandemic. She thought of this while their friends and neighbors made greetings cards to cheer them up.

"These men work hard to build Singapore's infrastructure. They have given so much of themselves, and we cannot thank them enough for their sacrifice. This Lunar New Year is a good opportunity for us to show that we care for the migrant workers in our community,"' Audrey added.

It is indeed a time of giving kindness to everyone. In this simple gesture, the migrant workers feel the warm hearts of the people who worked hard to extend their compassion. The festivity of the Chinese New Year is far from the way the previous years, but the essence remains. Kong He Fat Choi!

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