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January 27, 2018 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018, ushering in the Year of the Dog, will feature a rich line-up of festivities for local and overseas visitors, as well as for dog lovers, pet owners and their furry loved ones, and all who come to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Singapore’s Chinatown. Organised by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC), this year’s Celebrations are themed “Blossoms of Happiness and Prosperity”.
Crowd favorites such as the Street Light-Up and Festive Street Bazaar will find complement in new events and dog-themed activities, which will add new color and liveliness to the annual festival. “Paws-perity” @ Chinatown (3 Feb), a special dog-themed carnival, will be held at Kreta Ayer Square on 3 Feb. Alongside, a Dog Costume Competition will allow owners to show off their pets dressed in their best festive-themed outfits.

Centrepiece lantern display at the Chinatown Chinese New Year 2018 Celebrations in Singapore

Another new event this year, returning after 10 years, is the Flower Market (5-15 Feb) located at Banda Street. The Flower Market will be a one-stop shop for all your Lunar New Year blooms, with a wide variety of festive flowers and plants including pussy willows, tangerine shrubs, Pineapple Plant, Money Tree and ‘Fa Cai Suan’.

The seven-week long celebrations run from 27 Jan until 16 Mar, beginning with an Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony, which will be graced by Guest-of-Honour, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The public will be thrilled by local and overseas acrobatic, music and dance performances, culminating in a rousing display of fireworks and firecrackers.

Dr Lily Neo, Adviser to Jalan Besar GRC GRO (Kreta Ayer – Kim Seng) said: “Chinese New Year is a time to strengthen family bonds, and build harmony in the community. Our line-up of festivities reflects these values and promotes community bonding and harmony by inviting people of other races and nationalities to take part in the festivities and together, usher in the Year of the Dog.”

CHINATOWN STREET LIGHT-UP

A traditional highlight of the Celebrations is the annual Street Light-Up, as the heritage precinct comes alive in a mesmerising display of lights. This year, the streets of Chinatown will be adorned with 2,188 handcrafted lanterns. Designed with students and faculty from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) for the seventh year, the Street Light-Up features 88 larger-than-life size dog lanterns set amidst the changing of seasons from Summer to Spring.

Four large set pieces, placed along Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road, depict man’s best friend in different scenes of work, rest and play, while the changing seasons are illustrated by festive plants, flowers and colors, with orange chrysanthemums for Autumn, green bamboo for Summer and pink orchids for Spring.

This leads to the 11m-tall centrepiece, a happy, loving family of dogs and their puppies with a giant gold ingot, standing proudly at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street. The Street Light-Up also features auspicious symbols heralding wealth and good luck such as pineapples, oranges, and prosperity lanterns.

Visitors to Chinatown can also capture memories at a series of 3D dog-themed photo installations at nine photo spots spread throughout Chinatown, such as Garden Bridge and Chinatown Food Street. These are also designed by SUTD to give visitors a more interactive experience when they visit Chinatown.

LINE-UP OF FESTIVE AND COMMUNITY EVENTS TO USHER IN THE LUNAR NEW YEAR

Local and overseas visitors can look forward to a rich line-up of traditional and cultural festivities suitable for the whole family. A sold-out event each year, the 11th International Lion Dance Competition (2 & 3 Feb) will see 14 top lion dance troupes from around the region battle on the ‘meihuazhuang’ (Plum Blossom Poles) and compete for the ultimate ‘King of the Lions’ title.

By day, immerse in the history and vibrancy of the Chinese enclave with Chinatown New Year Walking Trails led by seasoned volunteer guides. At night, visit the lively 420-stall Festive Street Bazaar for annual festive shopping and enjoy popular, unique eats along Youth Eats @ Temple Street, or be wowed by local and overseas performers at the Nightly Stage Shows.

KA-KS CCC will also organise community events that bring various races together in celebration of the Lunar New Year. This includes Harmony Night and the Mass Reunion Dinner for about a thousand people from underprivileged families and needy elderly residing within Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Constituency as well as volunteers to enjoy an early Chinese New Year celebration.

The festive atmosphere will scale to its peak at the Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party on 15 Feb, featuring Mediacorp artistes and other performers in a live countdown show on the eve of Chinese New Year.

Closing the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018 on a high note will be the Chingay 2018 @ Chinatown on 25 Feb. (Further details will be announced separately by the People’s Association (PA) and the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018 Organising Committee).

For the full list of events and further details, please visit:www.chinatownfestivals.sg, or follow on:www.facebook.com/pages/Chinatown-Festivals/186429804750588

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