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Inspired by Mulia - Chinese New Year Celebration

Published on 05 February 2021 in Dining

Welcoming the year of the Ox, we are all keeping a high spirit and hopes for luck and prosperity for the coming year. Every Chinese New Year, there are various traditions held during the festivities, including wearing and putting up red decorations, hosting a reunion dinner with family on Chinese New Year’s Eve, and exchanging gifts and red envelopes. Taking these traditions in mind, we have compiled things that you can do to celebrate Chinese New Year with us in Bali.


Red is believed to be an auspicious colour for the celebration, hence every year the decorations will all be about this colour. The colour scares away spirits of bad fortune, wearing red or other bright-coloured clothes on New Year’s Day brings luck and makes the festivity even brighter. 

You also can wear your lucky colour for the year of the Ox. The lucky colours for Chinese New Year 2021 are white, silver, and gold. These colours must be predominantly present around you to attract luck, prosperity, and health. Wear them all, and pair them with the lucky colours for your astrological signs below: 

  • Rat – red, yellow, silver 
  • Ox – pink, emerald 
  • Tiger – grey, bronze 
  • Rabbit – pink, yellow, green 
  • Dragon – red, ruby, grey 
  • Snake – light yellow 
  • Horse – white and silver 
  • Goat – grey, silver 
  • Monkey – yellow and bright pink 
  • Rooster – pink and blue 
  • Dog – yellow, brown, aqua blue 
  • Pig – bright red and yellow

Don your best outfit for the celebration, and when you are here with us at Mulia Resort for the festive day, take snapshots around the resort to inspire you further throughout the new year. Here are some inspirations for the festive looks. Want to be featured on our feed? Don’t forget to use #EscapeToMulia and tag us @themuliabali and inspire others with your auspicious colours. 


Lunar New Year is also a time for families to be together, wherever they are, people are expected to be home to celebrate this festival with their loved ones. The Reunion Dinner - as it is commonly called - is the time to share happy moments together over good food and stories. The dinner is considered as one of the most important meals of the year. 

There are several dishes that symbolise luck and good fortune for the celebration. We have listed a few of the traditional dishes that you can have at our signature restaurant or as a takeaway to enjoy in the comfort of your home.

1. Fish and Yee Shang - Prosperity

In Chinese, "fish" (Yú /yoo) represents abundance. Fish is a traditional dish served on the celebration. By eating a lot of fish, they are hoping that prosperity comes abundantly into one's life int the new year. 

While Yee Shang (Cantonese-style raw fish salad) is one of the compulsory menus during the dinner. The dish symbolises good luck, prosperity, health and all things auspicious. It usually consists of strips of raw fish, mixed shredded vegetables with a variety of sauces and condiments. 

2. Chinese Dumplings & Spring Rolls — Wealth

Dumpling is a classic lucky food for the new year. Chinese dumplings are generally filled with minced meat and finely-chopped vegetables, wrapped in a thin and elastic dough. They are either boiled, steamed, fried or baked. Dumplings are symbols of wealth because its shape that looks like an ancient Chinese gold ingot. 

Spring rolls are also believed to bring more wealth because fried spring rolls look like gold bars. Filled with vegetables, meat and wrapped in thin dough wrappers, this traditional Cantonese dish also sometimes has sweet fillings. 

3. Glutinous Rice Cake – Higher Income, Higher Career

Also called Nian Gao, this traditional festive dish is made of sticky rice or glutinous rice flour, sugar, and water. The three are mixed together and then steamed until it’s cooked through. It is considered good luck to eat Nian Gao during Chinese New Year because Nian Gao is a homonym for “higher year”. It is implying to a rise in the business, career, better grades in the study and many more. 

As a gift item, Nian Gao is fashioned into different shapes with attractive packaging to suit the festive season. Popular designs include a pair of carps, where fish symbolises abundance. 

4. Sweet Rice Balls — Family Togetherness

This sweet Chinese treat consists of a bowl of chewy glutinous rice balls in a sweet syrup. Mainly served during China’s Lantern Festival, it is also often found throughout the Spring Festival in some regions in China. The round shape of ‘Tang Yuan” is associated with reunion and being together, making it a must-eat treat during family gatherings.

5. Longevity Noodles — Happiness and Longevity

Longevity noodles (in Chinese called Changshou Mian) or the ‘long-life” noodles is two-foot-long noodles representing the wish for a long, happy, and healthy life to the eater’s life.


Like at Christmas celebrations in other countries, people also exchange gifts during the Chinese New Year. The adults will prepare red envelopes with some money in it to give to children and retirees. It is believed to bring good luck. Other forms of gifts are also exchanged to pay forward the abundance and wealth. If you need some inspirations on Chinese New Year gifts, we have prepared a series of exclusive Chinese New Year hampers as your wishes of prosperity and good luck for your family and friends. 

So are you ready to welcome the Chinese New Year? We sure are! 

Find out more about our special accommodation and dining packages on our website. May the new year be filled with happiness, prosperity, and many precious moments with your loved ones.

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