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08 February 2013 16:20 | By Denise Ngo
Surviving Chinese New Year when you’re unmarried

How to survive Chinese New Year when you’re unmarried



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Text: Denise Ngo
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Chinese New Year might not be a holiday specifically for couples, but like Christmas, it can make the pang of singleness extra pronounced when you show up to reunion dinners unaccompanied. Inevitably, a nosy old aunty will ask how in the world you’re still unmarried, before lecturing you about how much more boys would like you if you only lost weight, worked less, or grew out your hair. More often than not, we leave those gatherings with our dignity as scattered as a platter of loh hei.

But we’ve got good news for you – it’s possible to be young, single, and the most fabulous person in the room (even when you’re being cornered by a troop of overly-critical aunties).

Here’s how to embrace the Chinese New Year as someone who is unattached.