Simple photographs can be a very powerful tools to unite peoples

When I was on a photo hunting @ China Town area - Singapore, luckily I saw this uncle lay down there, soon I grab my gear and get this shot
Another miniature effect collections of mine. It's the roof-top pool which was also taken from Orchard Central - Singapore
This was taken during the sunrise time @ Merlion Place. I always love this picture as it really shows the beauty of Singapore

The celebrations of Chinese New Year (CNY) stretch over 15 days and begin with preparations of up to 1 month prior to the start of the celebration. One common thing that each Chinese people will do is spring-cleaning. The home is swept clean prior to the New Year celebration and traditionally bamboo leaves are used in the belief that this would drive out evil spirits. It is the custom not to sweep on Lunar New Year's Day itself - lest good luck be swept away. Some even hide their brooms and sharp utensils like knives. Festive decorations and symbols (pots of kumquat or flowers) are put up to brighten up the home. Red scrolls and posters with 'good-wish-verse' are placed at the doorway. The most prominent and mandatory during this period is new clothes and an accompanying hairdo.

Talking about clothes during this festive period, one thing that more and more family practice is the match-y family fashion. It's become more trendy nowadays. More parents are going to shop for the children according to their own tastes. This isn't necessarily because they want their children to mirror their own beautiful selves, but more often, I think, because they are delighted by the smallness of children, which is somehow enhanced when they dress the children similarly to themselves. Also, an obvious point but, children are too young to choose their own clothes. Sometimes, even if it's completely unintentional, plenty of families naturally end up dressing similarly, often for practical reason. I know one mother who says she dresses her two girls the same, so she can easily keep track of them in the park, only having to look out for one color or pattern.

So, parents, start shopping now. Chinese New Year is about to come. Check out, if you plan to dress-up your entire family with a match-y fashion this festive season. They have plenty of gorgeous collections to choose for. Enjoy shopping and wish you all a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year ahead!

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