Find out how the Singaporeans celebrate the Chinese New Year with a twist.
If you thought the Chinese New Year celebrations in Tokyo were out of the box wait till you get to hear about what goes on in Singapore. The Chinese New Year is celebrated with full fervor in Singapore. The region is turned into one big festive zone for the entire duration of the first two weeks of the Chinese New Year.
Known for its vibrancy and color the Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore have attracted the attention of the world wide public. As it is Singapore is a metropolitan town with lots of foreigners as well as the local Chinese public. The entire global community of Singapore seems to be engaged in the New Year celebrations when they come around.
Let the celebrations begin
Although there is a lot of activity going on out on the streets of Singapore during this time of the year the real celebrations start from the home. After the ritual house cleaning and renovation the celebrations begin with a family reunion dinner which is held on New Year’s Eve. Local community clubs often host open-house discussions for the night. This get together serves as a prelude to the wide range of entertainment activities that follow up for the next two weeks.
The show stopper is the event that is held on the night of the first moon. Known as Ghap Goh Mei this is the last event of the festive season. There are however a number of major events that are held between the span of the first fortnight of the year.
The most significant Chinese New Year events held in Singapore are the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations, The Chingay Parade of Dreams and the Singapore River Hongbao. These events have now been showcasing for quite some years and continue to hold their charm for the locals.
The Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore have a slightly different flavor than what you would find going on in China. Because of the mixed community that resides in the region the New Year celebrations have more of a multi cultural flavor.
Setting it up for the season
Chinatown is the most heavily decorated region for the Chinese New Year. Multi colored street lights along with traditional Chinese decorations liven up the city streets. Along the way you will get to see different groups performing various acts for the purpose of entertaining the maddening crowd. Traditional performances include the Chongqing troupe as well as the live acrobatic performances from Taipei.
Fireworks are a prominent part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore. One can witness the entire skyline brighten up with all sorts of dazzling skyrockets. Usually New Year’s Eve and the night of the first full moon of the year are the ones when the fireworks display is very elaborate.
Along with the celebrations taking place in Chinatown the Chingay Parade is one of the major events of the season. Other than that you will get to delight yourself with some of the traditional