Chinese New Year in Singapore is a time for merriment and complete fun. People eagerly await this festival and preparations for welcoming it start off a few days in advance.
Festivities start on the first day of the first Lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Celebrations stretch till the 15th of the month.
The city looks spectacularly decked up as people come out on streets to have a gala time. The festival is undoubtedly a big one for the Chinese community in Singapore and celebrated with pomp and enthusiasm. The year of the Horse is also planned to be celebrated with great line-up of events.
Festivities for Chinese New Year 2019 would kick start on Saturday, January 28 and would last till a few days. The first two days of the festival are public holidays for Singapore. Numerous traditions and customs are observed as part of the big festival. People come out on the streets with new clothes on the festival day. Another tradition is to clean the home to sweep away all the evils and invite good luck and prosperity. As part of a tradition, families also visit their relatives and friends and exchange gifts. Exchanging gifts and bringing little red packets also called “hong bao,” filled with money for the young ones in the family is a custom observed during this time. Families organize reunion dinner on the eve of the festival as a chance to meet and greet dear ones.
The dazzling sight of red lanterns adorning homes, melodious notes of songs blaring out loud in the open spaces and smells of traditional delicacies that stalls put up during this festive time make Chinatown in Singapore come alive during the Chinese New Year. The area is beautifully decked up with lights and decorations. Traditional lion dancers as well as female dance troupes from the city and far off places are hired to entertain the crowd that gathers in Chinatown to celebrate the festival.
Dancers in their colorful costumes and intricately designed props promise to offer the crowd awesome entertainment during the Chinese New Year 2019 celebrations. Folklore and traditional performances lie at the core of the celebrations marking the festival. Singapore comes alive as lion and dragon dance troupes take on the streets with their mesmerizing performances.
Chingay Parade will be one of the major highlights of the Chinese New Year 2019. The carnival is said to comprise of floats, spectacular dance acts, enthralling spectacles, sparkling fireworks, fire-eaters, spell binding magical acts and other thrilling events. The grand event is scheduled to be held at the huge grounds of the Formula One Pit Building beside the waterfront Marina. River Hongbao is another event planned during the mid-February, marking the close of Chinese Lunar Year festivities. Shopping deals are offered at many stores. It is also a time for people in Singapore to engage in interesting games.
Come to Singapore as you gallop into the Year of the Pig 2019 and have a memorable experience. Discover the stunning sights and capture the sounds as you delight in the festive time in the city.
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