The Chinese calendar marks a highly significant every year, which is full of celebrations and fun, not only for the Chinese community alone, but for everyone seeking great indulgence in festivity. Chinese New Year, which is also known as Lunar New Year and Spring Festival, brings great celebration and vivid colors with sheer exuberance. People across the globe, have their eyes on the celebration of this event, which is greatly celebrated in Singapore every year. Chinese New Year 2016 celebrations in Singapore will again be filled with loads of fun and joy, as it has attracted tourists in great number from around the world.
Chinese New Year 2016 celebrations in Singapore have started immensely and tourists from all over the world, are headed to Singapore, to be a part of the grand celebration. The festive mood begins 3 weeks before the Chinese New Year across Singapore, which are followed by seasonal markets, cheering colorful processions, people exchanging mandarin oranges which are basically a symbol of good luck, riotous lion dances and obviously the great feast of scrumptious special cuisines.
Happenings of Chinese New Year 2016 Celebration in Singapore?
Below are some of the most happening places and activities across Singapore for the celebration of the Chinese New Year 2016.
• Visit the Famous Chinatown
Chinatown Singapore presents a great view of the festive season. The market is extra lightened up with the décor and crowd, creating a festive ambiance. You should definitely visit this place, in this season. Also, you shall come across fire-eaters and lion dancers, performing at Kreta Ayer Square. This market, though, depicts a complete story of Chinese heritage, comprised of ancient and latest traditional shops, cool stuff stores, lifestyle shops and cafes.
Shop for souvenirs on Pagoda Street here or buy the traditional Chinese medicine in South Bridge Road. Free Wi-Fi access is also available, so when you walk, shop or eat in Chinatown, you can keep on updating the fun-filled happenings in the surroundings on the social media. Click pictures and share with your friends and family. In the Chinese New Year 2016 celebrations in Singapore, Chinatown plays a vital role in increasing up the entire festive mood by organizing various events within.
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Don’t forget to miss out the Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party on 7th of February 2016 between 9.30pm to 12.30am at the New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street. Festive Carnival on 9th of January – 7th of February 2016 between 11.00am – 10.30pm at Open Space in front of the People’s Park Complex.
Have fun in Festive Street Bazaar from 15 January – 7 February 2016 between 6.00pm – 10.30pm and 6.00pm – 1.00am at the Chinese New Year’s Eve at the Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street. Enjoy Night Stage Shows from 16 January – 7 February 2016 between 8.00pm – 10.30pm at the Kreta Ayer Square.
For 8 years International Lion Dance Competition has been organized. Do come to enjoy the 9th International Lion Dance Competition on 23 & 24 January 2016 between 6.00pm – 11.00pm at Hong Lim Park. Have some scrumptious meal at the Mass Reunion Dinner which will be held on 31 January 2016 between 7.00pm – 10.00pm at Hong Lim Park.
From 12 January – 7 February 2016, the Chinatown Wishing Tree event will be held in Chinatown Point between 11.00am – 9.00pm, so be there. Witness Harmony Night on 30 January 2016 between 6.30pm – 10.30pm at Hong Lim Park.
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• Witness the Grand Celebration at the Formula One Pit Building by the Marina Bay Waterfront
The Chingay Parade should not be missed out on the Chinese New Year 2016 celebrations in Singapore. This vibrant and colorful parade of Singapore’s multicultural heritage will be presented in the Formula One Pit Building by the Marina Bay Waterfront. The great festive mood can be witnessed greatly here, where people joyously enjoy the happenings around at the fullest. This version of Brazilian Mardi Gras has been organized to share the great joy with shining floats and amazing groups of jugglers, dancers, acrobats and percussionists. You shall a memorable time here on 19th – 20th February 2016.
• Visit the River Hongbao
The River Hongbao at the famous Floating Platform of Marina Bay Singapore and the Esplanade Waterfront Promenade is the hit venue of Chinese New Year Celebration in Singapore since 1986. This year the auspicious beginnings will be done at the same venue from 6th of February to 14th of February 2016. The locals and tourists both come here to enjoy the great happenings and to mark this event as one of their memorable days, they have ever spent throughout the year.
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Have fun while watching and listening to opera performances, satisfy your hunger with festive delicacies available at the biggest outdoor Food Street in Singapore, give a try to Chinese calligraphy or simply gawk at the big handcrafted traditional lanterns, which are an important part of the décor at this cultural event. The amazing fireworks at the River Hongbao Opening Night and later at the Chinese New Year Eve Countdown Party, which symbolizes warm and enthusiastic welcome of the New Year.
So, wear colorful and bright colors to be a part of the Chinese New Year 2016 Celebrations in Singapore and don’t forget to pack red scarlet paper packets with money and give them to children and young relatives. The Chinese New Year is welcomed every year in Singapore with great zest and zeal and the people around are seen with great hopes, joy and happiness on their faces.