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Jakarta Post

New outfit, new spirit for Chinese New Year

  • Winda A. Charmila

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 14 2018   /  12:18 am

Like many other people of Chinese descent in Jakarta, Yuliana is looking forward to celebrating Chinese New Year, locally known as Imlek.

In the weeks leading up to the celebration of the New Year, which falls this year on Feb. 16, the 35-year-old woman bought new clothes for her husband, children and her parents-in-law, as is traditional among the country’s Chinese-Indonesian community.

Yuliana said she had no specific preferences for clothes, though not cheongsam – traditional Chinese dresses.

“We buy any clothes that are trendy but the color should be red. I don’t really buy traditional clothes because it would be strange to wear them on a daily basis,” Yuliana told The Jakarta Post, adding that she bought new clothes for Imlek every year.

The tradition of buying new clothes ahead of Chinese New Year was followed by Yuliana’s parents and she con...