Celebrations are already underway in Singapore to mark the Chinese New Year, which begins tomorrow and lasts until 5 March.
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival, is one of the biggest and most eagerly anticipated festivals in Singapore, bringing families together as they mark the start the Year of the Goat (or Sheep, or Ram – depending on your translation) and a new year of prosperity and good luck.
During this time the city comes alive and the streets are filled with decorations, music, people and parades, the most famous of which is the Chingay Parade, a carnival-like extravaganza full of spectacular floats and thrilling entertainment.
Chinatown is the obvious focal point, with a raft of events taking place, including the renowned Street Light-Up where lion dancers, fire eaters and dance troupes wow the crowds gathered to see the sights and soak up the atmosphere in Kreta Ayer Square.
Another popular Chinese New Year tradition is the River Hongbao, held on the Marina Bay Floating Platform and the Esplanade Waterfront Promenade, which features stalls and street performances and culminates with a crowd pleasing fireworks display.
Meanwhile the nearby Esplanade, hosts the annual Huayi Festival, showcasing traditional and contemporary Chinese arts in a variety of genres like theatre, opera music and visual installations.
Singapore has a very proud Chinese culture and history and the New Year festivities are a fantastic celebration of it, so grab any opportunity you are given to experience it first-hand.
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