Venue: Chinatown & Nationwide
Soak up the festive atmosphere of Chinese New Year during the 2-week-long celebrations held in Singapore’s Chinatown. Observed by Singaporeans from all walks of life, the festival begins on the 1st day of the 1st month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th day. At the festive street bazaars you can find over 500 shop stalls, featuring goodies such as waxed duck, barbecued sweet meats, cookies, fresh flowers, Chinese calligraphy prints, opera masks, and traditional New Year decorations. Nightly cultural performances take place at Kreta Ayer Square, and street performances include lion dances, dragon parades and blazing pyrotechnics displays. The centerpiece of the festivities is the Chingay Parade, a grand carnival with dazzling floats, spectacles and dances that is held on the grounds of the Formula One Pit Building at the Marina waterfront. Another popular event is the Huayi Festival, at The Esplanade, which showcases traditional and contemporary Chinese arts in a variety of genres like theatre, opera, music and art.