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KUNG HEI FAT CHOI! Hop into the Year of the Rabbit at The Peninsula Manila

Happy CNY weekend, readers! As we approach another fiery celebration filled with luck and happiness, do you know what are the traditions, superstitions and taboos about Chinese New Year? Read more on our quick list below!

House Cleaning

All house cleaning must be done prior to the New Year. On New Year’s Eve, all brooms, brushes, dusters, dust pans and other cleaning equipment must be put away. If any cleaning utensils, especially brooms, are used during the holiday, it will bring bad luck

because you will be sweeping out all the good fortune from your house.


Holiday Greetings

During this season, greet everyone with a “Kung Hei Fat Choi” which means “All the very best for a prosperous New Year.”


Bringing in the New Year and Expelling the Old

Shooting off firecrackers on New Year’s Eve is the Chinese way of sending out the old and welcoming in the New Year. Firecrackers and loud gongs are also used to scare away evil spirits who may disrupt one’s good fortune. On the stroke of midnight, every door in the house and even windows have to be open to allow the old year to go out.


Wear Red

Everyone buys new clothes to celebrate the New Year. Red clothing is preferred during this festive season since it is considered a bright, happy color and assures the wearer a sunny and bright future. Coincidentally, many retail shops have sales at this time.


Lai See for Luck

Children and unmarried friends, as well as close relative, all receive lai see or “lucky money” in red envelopes from friends and family for good fortune.


Pay Up

All debts have to be paid before the New Year. Nothing should be lent on New Year’s

Day, as anyone who will do so will be lending all year.


No to Broke

The year will get off on a bad start if food is served or eaten from broken or chipped crockery, as this signifies eating into your own capital. Do not use knives or scissors on New Year’s Day Day as this may cut off good fortune.

To mark the Year of the Rabbit – known as the luckiest animal out of all twelve Chinese zodiacs – The Peninsula Manila is ready to unveil a wealth of experiences and tantalizing treats for sharing good fortune and blessings.


Learn more about all their activities happening this weekend!


January 22


An integral part of Chinese New Year celebrations, The Lobby’s annual Dragon and Lion Dance symbolizes good luck and success in the coming year


Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 am



January 22


Celebrate prosperous new beginnings in Escolta with alimited-time only Sunday Champagne Lunch Buffetshowcasing auspicious ingredients such as fish and oysters, believed to bring good luck, and classics including glutinous rice dumplings that symbolize reunion.


Sunday Champagne Lunch Buffet


P4,500 (Adults)

P2,250 (Children 6 to 12)

Time: 12:00 noon. to 3:00 p.m


For inquiries and reservations, please please call The Peninsula Manila at +63 2 8887 2888 (ext. 6691 or 6694 for Restaurant Reservations), mobile +63 917 557 8014, or email




Welcome the Year of the Rabbit at The Peninsula Manilawith family and friends with a celebratory stay. Available on January 21, 2023, this package packs in a festive stay in a Deluxe Room, buffet breakfast for two adults and two children below 12 in Escolta restaurant the next morning, and, to complete your prosperous stay, front row seats to The Lobby’s annual dragon and lion dance on January 22.


For inquiries and reservations, please please call The Peninsula Manila at +63 2 8887 2888 (ext. 6630 for RoomsReservations), mobile +63 917 557 8014, or email or

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