Singapore as a city-state is well known for its cosmopolitan lifestyle. A state encompassing vibrant arts and culture brimming with entertainment events throughout the year. Despite being home to many nationalities, Singaporeans remain true to their traditions and customs. With a host of festivals and events all year round, the Chinese New Year is among the most prestigious and celebrated event in the Island.
Celebrated annually with the onset of the new Lunar Year, the Chinese New year festival in Singapore is one of colour and a hive of activities. Ringing in the New Year begins from the Chinatown area where streets are decorated and nightly shows ensures a festive atmosphere. The whole nation also comes alive with dragon dancing along the streets and other parades.
An event not to be missed for visitors to Singapore during the Chinese New Year is the festivities organized near the River Hong Bao. This eagerly awaited annual carnival is held during the week of festivities heralding the New Year. The festival originated from the red packets known as ‘Hong Bao’ given by the elderly to the younger generation and is customarily held in the vicinity of the Marina Bay area.
Visitors to the Carnival can participate and witness many activities. These include viewing acrobatic dances, traditional Chinese artwork and other performances. For those with an interest in Calligraphy and Chinese astrology, artists and seers are at hand for guidance. Activities geared towards promoting and enlivening Chinese culture and arts are hailed during these festivities. Handicrafts, food and other artistry is demonstrated and celebrated at the Hong Bao river festival. A dramatic fireworks display culminates the close of the revelries.
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