Depositing money on Li Chun, also known as Farmers’ Day, is believed to grow one’s wealth and ensure good luck. Are you holding on to cash and waiting to deposit it during the Chinese New Year period? Following the unprecedented Year of the Rat (what with COVID-19 and all), the upcoming Ox year holds great promises for those looking to ‘HUAT’ (prosper)! Read on and we shall share on the best dates, timing and ways to boost your savings on Li Chun 2021!
What is Li Chun or Farmers’ Day?
Li Chun, which marks the beginning of spring and a year of transition, was traditionally an important day for farmers in China where they would pray for a good harvest. In Singapore, this tradition has evolved (with our shrinking agriculture sector) into depositing money into one’s bank account to symbolise bountiful wealth for the new lunar year.
Noticed those long queues at the ATMs islandwide around Chinese New Year period? That day is most likely Li Chun. The practice of depositing money for good wealth during Li Chun is so popular in Singapore that banks have special measures to cope with the expected crowd! Are you ready to jump on the bandwagon?
#1 Plan ahead for Li Chun 2021
In 2021, Li Chun falls on 3rd February and you can deposit money into your bank account based on the auspicious timeslot(s) that correspond(s) with your zodiac sign. Check out the following guide (courtesy of Way Fengshui) on the best time for you to deposit your cash.
As we all strive on to make more out of our money amid the recovering economy, let’s be mindful to budget wisely and save smart this coming year!
#2 Save time = Save money
While we all would like to HUAT, bear in mind that time equates money. Amid COVID-19 safe distancing measures, it would be wise to consider Internet Banking. Even our Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) encouraged Singaporeans to opt for e-hongbao* this Chinese New Year!
Otherwise, try to avoid “popular” timeslots such 7pm to 9pm or go the extra mile literally to use an ATM that’s less frequented so that you don’t waste time queuing.
*Hongbao is a monetary gift, commonly inserted in red envelopes or red packets, and given during the Chinese New Year as a form of good luck.
#3 Get greater value out of your savings
There are various options to get greater value out of your money, and GIGANTIQ all-in-one insurance savings plan with optional protection riders is one of them. Available on the Tiq by Etiqa mobile app, GIGANTIQ currently offers a limited tranche of 1.8%¹ p.a. returns for first S$10,000. Plus, you can get additional interest with each protection rider added².
The best part? You can start saving from just S$50. It’s capital guaranteed and there’s no lock-in period. You can top up or withdraw your money anytime3 – so flexible!
If you already have GIGANTIQ , you can top up your account value during Li Chun at the auspicious timing suited to your zodiac sign easily on the Tiq by Etiqa mobile app. It’s so convenient; no need to queue or worry about flouting safe distancing measures.
“HUAT” are you waiting for?
There’s a Chinese saying that goes, “the entire year’s work depends on a good start in spring”. We wish you a good head start in this New Year, and it’s time to think about how to make the most of your hard-earned money if you have yet to do so. Good luck!
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