Lunar New Year Celebrations around Singapore

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Roving the malls of Orchard, touches of crimson decorate the walls and streets while exuberant Lunar New Year music is your music playlist. Lunar New Year is considered to be one of the bigger festivals celebrated in Singapore each year. The annual festive holiday is observed by Chinese communities dotted all over the world. Symbolically, it signifies the New Year in the Chinese lunar calendar and it’s de rigueur for family to reunite around the dining table for a lavish feast and exchange red packets and mandarin oranges for good luck.

The festive holiday usually brings Singapore to an almost standstill but if you are going to be in the island for the holidays, don’t fret.  Here’re some activities to soak in the festive mood.

Dahlia Dreams

Photo credit: Gardens by the Bay

Welcome the year of the rooster with brightly-hued yellow, orange and red Dahlias (大丽花) and Begonias (秋海花) displayed at the Flower Dome. Into its 2nd year, Dahlia Dreams transports you right into a Chinese garden-inspired landscape with lots of photo-scenic spots like a three-tier pagoda, a pavilion, moon gates and intricate sculptures of this year’s Zodiac representative which is the Rooster.

A first for the floral displays at Gardens by the Bay, project mapping, depicting scenes of Lunar New Year Celebrations, will seemingly rouse the area with festivities so revel in the dome of fun!

 

Date: Fri, 20 Jan – Sun, 19 Feb 2017

Time: 9am - 9pm daily

Location: Flower Dome (A 20-minute train ride from Orchard MRT Station – Royal Plaza on Scotts to Bayfront MRT Station)

Admission: Refer here for more information

  River Hongbao 2017

Photo credits: Singapore Tourism Board

An annual extravaganza since 1986, the River Hongbao is held again on the Floating Platform @ Marina Bay, overlooking the breathtaking Marina Bay skyline. Be enthralled by the larger-than life lanterns depicting the twelve zodiacs, God of Fortune and Chinese mythical creatures. Try your hands at Calligraphy, or simply watch ‘live’ demonstration of paper cutting on Handicraft Street.

And what’s an extravaganza without some action? Believe me, it will never be a dull moment when you can catch exciting music performances, ride on amusement rides and play carnival games! If you’re hungry, hop over to the largest outdoor Food Street located within the River Hongbao to feast on over 40 scrumptious varieties of local and regional delicacies. Round up the night with a spectacular display of fireworks that will be happening daily.

 

Date: Thu, 26 Jan – Sat, 4 Feb 2017

Time: 2 – 11pm daily, except 27 Jan 2017 (2pm – 1am)

Location: The Float @ Marina Bay (A 20-minute train ride from Orchard MRT Station – Royal Plaza on Scotts to Bayfront MRT Station)

Admission: Free

  Chinatown: Lunar New Year Countdown Party

Photo credits: The Finder

Immerse yourself in the heart of Chinatown as you welcome the arrival of spring. Join celebrated local artistes in a host of festive song performances and interactive games, and be amazed by the captivating fireworks display and lighting up of thunderous firecrackers (Ps. It’s the only event in Singapore that legally allows firecrackers) as you countdown together!

 

Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2017

Time:  9.30pm - 12.30am

Location: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street (A 25-minute train ride from Orchard MRT Station – Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore Hotel to Chinatown MRT Station)

Admission: Free

  Huayi 2017 Chinese Festival of Arts

Photo credit: Tatler Singapore

Participate in the movement to celebrate Singapore’s multicultural heritage, the annual cultural festival showcases stunning works of local and regional artists. Expect an array of artistic performances and programmes catered to the young and old.

Some exciting highlights include Child’s Play (Kids only) – Learn the origins of Lunar New Year through an interactive storytelling performace, FanTASTIC Fun! – Team up with the young one to make your own beautiful Chinese fans, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A sexy Cantonese adaptation of Shakespeare’s well-loved romantic comedy.

 

Date: 3 - 12 Feb 2017

Time: Programme Schedule

Location: Around Esplanade (A 20-minute train ride from Orchard MRT Station – Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore Hotel to Bayfront MRT Station)

Admission: Refer here for more information

  Chingay Parade 2017

Photo credit: Honeycombers Singapore

Chingay means “The Art of Costume and Masquerade” in Hokkien. Expect lots of jaw-dropping line-ups in this visual spectacle boasting flamboyant costumes, fantabulous lights and a mountain of performers.

This year, the Chingay parade will be celebrating its 45th edition and to make the incredibly popular parade evenpecial. There will be parading of floats from its heydays, firework display, and sing-a-long “Xinyao”  (ballads created by young Singaporeans) sessions.  All these will be coupled with water, fire, snow and lighting effects.

A glitzy fanfare indeed! Get your cameras ready!

 

Date: 10 -11 Feb 2017

Time: 8pm

Location: F1 Pit Building (A 20-minute train ride from Orchard MRT Station – Royal Plaza on Scotts Hotel Singapore to Bayfront MRT Station)

Admission: Ticket Prices

   

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