If you’re looking for things to do with family and friends this Chinese New Year, this list is for you
We know the agony far too well – those painfully awkward Chinese New Year gatherings will make anyone restless. So bust out of the house once you’re done with the formalities – or bring the whole gang along – and soak in the Year of the Rooster at these auspicious, action-packed Chinese New Year events.
Named after the money-filled red packets you receive during CNY, this annual festival always promises an abundance of giga-sized, colourful lanterns that light up the Floating Platform at Marina Bay. These colossal structures often portray figures from Chinese folklore, offering an insightful, iridescent look into Chinese culture.
River Hongbao 2017, 26 January to 4 February, 2pm-11pm, The Float @ Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039805.
Chingay Parade Singapore
Move aside Mardi Gras; Singapore has an iconic street parade of its own. Chingay has become a household name amongst the community, often over-the-top with gargantuan floats, ethnic costumes, festive music and enchanting choreography executed by dancers, stilt-walkers, martial artists and other colourful characters. This is also the grand 45th edition of the parade.
Chingay Parade Singapore, 10-11 February, 8pm, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975.
Celebrations in Chinatown
Where else to ring in the Lunar New Year than Chinatown itself? The nexus of Chinese culture in Singapore, Chinatown promises festivities like lion dance competitions (14 and 15 January), nightly stage shows (until 27 January), and street bazaars selling CNY goodies and decorations (also until 27 January). But if there’s one highlight you shouldn’t miss out, it’s the official Chinese New Year Countdown Party on 27 January. Expect firecrackers!
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Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts
If the CNY buzz has made you more curious about Chinese culture, The Esplanade is the place you wanna visit. For 10 days, the arts hub offers a dazzling variety of activities and performances – from Cantonese adaptations of Shakespeare plays to concerts by Taiwanese popstars Yoga Lin and PiA, and even dance and craft workshops for the family.
Huayi Chinese Festival Of Arts, 3-12 February, The Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981.
Never mind smelling the roses; dahlias are the flowers to marvel at this festive season. Step into the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, and you’ll enter a botanical wonderland of dahlias and begonias in auspicious colours, complete with traditional Chinese sculptures like pagodas, pavilions, and moon gates. A serene Chinese garden in the heart of the city.
Dahlia Dreams, 20 January to 19 February, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953.