The practice of celebrating a new year is customary in many societies and cultures. It is a rooted tradition that dates back for centuries. In Singapore, where I live, public celebrations for the new year is a spectacular affair. For those who wish to organize their private new year gatherings in their homes instead, however, they could consider various novel, stylish and meaningful party ideas that promotes community, kinship and inclusiveness.
Chefs on Demand
According to Robb Report Singapore, organizing a private gathering and enjoying restaurant type food need not be in a restaurant. As the concept of private home dining gathers more traction in Singapore nowadays, people are turning towards bringing the restaurant to their own homes. This entails hiring the very professionals that traditionally cook at restaurants to do so in one’s home instead. Most importantly, one need not sweat over the intricacies of preparing and whipping up good dishes to delight guests. It is also a good way to try out the new types of food that are popular in different cultures and countries.
Engaging the Less Privileged and Disadvantaged
In Singapore, there are kind hearted souls who adopt youths from dysfunctional families and permit them to live in their homes free of charge. There is also a freegan who organizes giveaway events for domestic maids. At these events held in his home, these maids from the Philippines help themselves to free items that he found through his dumpster diving activities.
Celebrating a new year need not be just confined to one’s family and friends. There are those who are less well off or disadvantaged for reasons beyond their control. While making outright monetary donations towards various charities and noble causes is an admirable act by itself, reaching out to the less privileged and the disadvantaged directly could also be an extremely meaningful endeavor. So why not consider liaising with charities to bring such people to your home for a hearty meal and party to welcome the new year? Anyway, isn’t the way to someone’s heart through their stomach?
Fostering Community Spirit
In a densely populated place like Singapore where over 80% of its people live in government build high rise flats, it is not uncommon for people to live alongside many housing units in their immediate surroundings. Although people generally live in close proximity with each other, findings from a local graciousness survey conducted in June 2018 found that people are interacting less often with their neighbors.
The situation is in stark contrast to Singapore in the 1950s and 1960s where many people lived in kampongs (i.e. small rural villages) and where the spirit of neighborliness was strong. For the community conscious minded, the new year presents a good opportunity to rekindle the ‘kampong spirit’. This can be achieved by inviting neighbors for a social gathering and party in one’s home.
In many cultures and customs around the world, it is common to end a year joyfully and begin a new year on a good note. Therefore, let us consider to begin this new year by doing something special for our loved ones and for the people in our community that needs our care.