Event Spotlight: Chinese New Year Celebrations
19 -27 Jan : Singapore Art Week
21 Jan : Thaipusam
28 Jan – 24 Feb : iLight Singapore Bicentennial Edition
19 Jan – 6 Mar : Chinese New Year Celebrations
While all the festivities for the start of a new year has come to a close, the party in Singapore has not stopped yet. That’s right, here comes another big (yes, big!) festivity we are all very excited about: Chinese New Year! With bright colours and non-stop revelry, Chinese New Year truly is a massive cause for celebration. Don’t we all agree?
This annual festival celebrates the starts of a new year according to the Chinese calendar, a
tradition that dates back to somewhere between 800 and 400 BC. Here’s a fun fact: It falls on a different date each year since it follows the lunar calendar. For the upcoming auspicious Year of the Pig, Chinese New Year will fall on 5 February, Tuesday.
However, festivities in Singapore for this big event starts on 19 Jan, weeks before the actual New Year, and will continue until 6 March. During these eight weeks, a series of exciting events will be happening in Singapore like the Chinatown Street Light-Up, River Hongbao and the Chingay Parade.
To start, head down to Chinatown for the Street Light-Up starting on 19 Jan, and be amazed at beautifully-designed lanterns that line the street. Find the Festive Street Bazaar (18 Jan – 4 Feb) filled with festive treats, Chinese calligraphy, festive plants and more! There will be Nightly Stage Shows (19 Jan – 4 Feb) with dance, musicals and acrobatic performances, a Lion Dance Competition (26 Jan) with participation by top troupes from Singapore and the unmissable Countdown Celebration (4 Feb) that leads up to the splendid New Year firework display at the stroke of midnight.
Continue the cultural experience at the River Hongbao ( 3–10 Feb), where you’ll have an unforgettable experience at Singapore’s iconic floating platform, NS Square. Since 1987, the River Hongbao has become an integral fixture of Singapore’s Chinese New Year celebrations, which attracts both the young and old. Key highlights at this colourful extravaganza include instagrammable gigantic lanterns (including Zodiac animals, the God of Fortune, Our Garden Our Home – a 60m x 10m centrepiece of Singapore icons, and more) amusement rides, carnival games, street performances, an interactive historical exhibition about the Singapore River and the 12-minute fireworks displays by award-winning international teams.
The fun doesn’t end there. The Chingay Parade (15 & 16 Feb) offers a lively display of dazzling floats, dancing dragons and stilt walkers. Though held during the Chinese New Year, this wondrous event brings together people from across the different races in Singapore and is celebrated by Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians alike. Considered the largest street performance and float parade in the whole of Asia, Chingay Parade extends from the original F1 Pit Building to NS Square. The parade route will also make its way across the heartland of the island state.
In all these lively and exhilarating entertainment and cultural offerings, that Singapore has for this Chinese New Year, the heart of the celebration is ultimately the unity of home and family. So, gather your family, deck yourselves in the colour red and bring them for a treat to the best place to usher in the Chinese New Year – Singapore.
Visit https://www.visitsingapore.com/festivals-events-singapore/cultural-festivals/chinese-new-year/ and see what’s in store for you in the vibrant state of Singapore!