Draped in striking colors, festive sounds, and endless delight, Singapore celebrates the Chinese New Year in every corner. Chinese residents make up about 75% of the population in Singapore. Chinese New Year used to be a tradition dedicated to traditional deities and ancestors of families.
While celebrations of Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, can be overwhelming, it is your chance to embrace the energy of Singapore as fireworks and parades fill the country from January 25 to 26.
For 2020, the official light-up on the opening ceremony begins on January 4. You can already witness lion dances, street performances, and stalls of various Chinese snacks and goodies. While strolling in Singapore during Chinese New Year, you will come across seasonal markets, lively processions, lion dances, and feasts that highlight Mandarin oranges.
Expect the color red to be everywhere during the season. This is noticeable in lanterns, spring ornaments, clothes, and even the paper packets that contain money that people give to children and younger relatives. Family gatherings and reunions are also a major tradition for the Chinese.
Want to experience all these things up close? Here are the places where you can celebrate the Lunar New Year in Singapore:
Lunar New Year Light-up
Tag your friends and family and arrive at the main gate at Block 827 and 829 to see the live performance of the Lion and Dragon dance with Ang Paos to be distributed to all.
Tampines Street 81, Singapore
Sat 11 Jan 2020 at 06:30 PM
Arts Haus Lunar New Year Flea Market
Honor the Chinese culture at this themed flea market that sells traditional food, crafts, and arts. Watch martial arts and other Chinese activities. Let your children have fun and join the games.
Arts Haus International
18 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, Singapore
Sat, 11 Jan, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Witness the Huayi Festival at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Be stunned by traditional artworks made by Chinese artists. There is no shortage of musical performances here, from theatre to dance numbers. You can also watch a concert that features Taiwanese indie-pop artist Crowd Lu, Asian/western fusion ensemble SZINC’s performance with famed drummer Mohamed Noor, and a grand lion dance performance. Your kids will also love the interactive theatre piece.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Get lost in the most colorful neighborhood in Singapore during Chinese New Year. Be amazed by the glowing handmade lanterns and hundreds of stalls in Chinatown. Filled with vibrant lights and decors, the streets are where countdown parties, dance competitions, and performances take place. Whether you are looking forward to eat or shop for souvenirs, you should explore the Festive Street Bazaar. Taste some Chinese New Year treats, like peanut cookies, duck meat, and pineapple tarts.
Outram District, Singapore
Watch the Chingay Parade at F1 Pit Building. Considered as one of Asia’s largest street performance and float parades, the Chingay Parade puts the spotlight on multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan cultures in Singapore. You’ll watch performers in their magnificent costumes coming from different cultural backgrounds and ethnicity. You’ll be mesmerized by multi-colored floats, grand props, and cultural performances from different countries. See dragon dancers perform with fire, wushu masters, and acrobats.
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
31 Jan – 1 Feb 2020
River Hongbao 2020
Watch the spectacular River Hongbao 2020. You’ll appreciate the fireworks choreographed by local artists and cultural performances. Enjoy the amusement rides and delectable foods throughout the event.
Delight in overseas performance troupes that will promote multicultural artistry and talents, including the Shandong Song and Dance Theatre and the Department of Dance, University of Taipei. Relish in the street food extravaganza, which features traditional bites from different dialect groups in Singapore and prepared by Singapore Kwangtung Hui Kuan, Singapore Hainan Hwee Kuan, Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan, The Nanyang Khek Community Guild, and Tian Fu Association.
20 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039805
23 Jan 2020, 2:00 PM – 1 Feb 2020, 11:00 AM
Food Adventure in Restaurants and Food Stalls
As you explore Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore, don’t miss the traditional Chinese New Year dishes and street food treats, including Hot Pot, Chinese New Year Rice Cakes, Melon Seeds, Barbequed Seasoned Pork, Mandarin Oranges, Chinese Sausages, and Longevity Noodles.
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