From Shanghai to Shenzhen to San Francisco, Chinese New Year is celebrated by Chinese communities around the world. Singapore – with large ethnic Chinese population – is no exception. Here is a preview of how the Lion City will be welcoming the Year of the Lion.
The streets of Chinatown will be colourfully lit up from 23 January through 13 February. There will be street stalls selling all types of goodies, nightly stage performances at Kreta Ayer Square, and an international lion dance competition.
More than 5,000 participants will take part in the Chingay Parade Singapore, which will be held on 19 and 20 February. Highlights will include colourful floats, majestic flying horses, figures from Chinese mythology, and multi-ethnic performances from Singapore and around the world.
For only the second time, River Hongbao will be held on the Float at Marina Bay from 12 to 20 February. The venue will come alive at night with colourful lanterns made of sugar and ceramic spoons. There will also be stage performances from China’s Sichuan Province.
Other events will include the Huayi Festival, which runs from 19 to 28 February; the Chinese Festival of Arts, from 8 to 17 February; and the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, from 13 to 24 January.
Copyright: Michael Taylor