Celebrating Chinese New Year: From Tiger Painting Contests to Sewing New Clothes

SINGAPORE — Organizations in the Heartland are celebrating Chinese New Year by spreading joy to various groups including migrant workers, frontline heroes and the underprivileged.

To celebrate the Year of the Tiger, dormitory operator Centurion Corporation will host a tiger-painting contest for 27,000 migrant workers who live in Westlite-branded dormitories.

They can submit their entries from January 18 to February 13 and win 160 cash prizes ranging from $18 to $288.

Ms. Katherine Lee, Westlite Resi-Life Program Manager, said, “We wanted to celebrate Chinese New Year with our Chinese residents, with festive decor and games.”

“In addition to giving away hongbao and tangerines, our tiger drawing competition is also open to all residents, and we look forward to seeing artistic renditions of tigers in various styles from our multicultural migrant worker community.”

The Covid-19 Migrant Support Coalition (CMSC), in partnership with the Ministry of Manpower, plans to bring around 30 migrant workers to visit the Chinese Cultural Center in Singapore.

Mr. Nick Chan, Co-Head of CMSC, said: “We believe this is a great opportunity for our migrant friends, Chinese and non-Chinese, to better understand the Chinese population of Singapore with whom they interact. daily”.

Meanwhile, volunteers from Nanyang Technological University will partner with Friends of the Disabled Society to hold virtual lion dance and wushu performances for 60 beneficiaries and their caregivers on February 5.

From January 22 to February 6, the People’s Association (PA) will be distributing 2,888 care packages island-wide to cleaners and delivery workers to show appreciation for their services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Care packages will contain essentials like face masks and sanitizers, and some will also include festive treats like oranges and nuts.

An AP spokesperson said: “This group of unsung heroes ensured that families and customers received their meals on time during difficult times of the pandemic.

“Their efforts are certainly worth appreciating, and we hope our small gesture will help motivate them.”

The Sage Counseling Centre, in conjunction with the South West Community Development Council, will provide 2,000 low-income families and seniors with makeshift bags on January 29.

These will contain items such as Chinese herbal teas and staple foods such as cereals, and will be distributed to residents of Boon Lay, Hong Kah North and Bukit Gombak.

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