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Chinese New Year Cultural Experience: River Hongbao
Don’t miss the annual River Hongbao, which runs from 14 to 24 February, 2pm to 11pm (till 1am on 15 February), at The Float @ Marina Bay. An integral aspect of Singapore’s Chinese New Year celebrations, the 11-day extravaganza of lights, sights and sounds showcases Chinese culture and heritage.
• Spectacular Synchronised Fireworks Display Nightly
Catch brilliantly choreographed fireworks display every night at 9pm. On Chinese New Year’s Eve on 15 February, the fireworks will go off at the end of a countdown to usher in the Year of the Dog.
• Exquisitely Designed Lanterns
See The Float @ Marina Bay illuminate with over 60 dazzling lantern displays including an auspicious 18m lantern of the God of Fortune, deemed as the patron of wealth and prosperity.
God of Fortune
Look out also for the intricately designed Main Entrance Arch which features facades of shophouses in art deco and Straits-Chinese architectural styles; the “Prosperous Nation, Flourishing People” lantern set, River Hongbao’s largest display; and “Hao Cai Tou” and “Zhen Cheng” lantern displays which contain interactive elements.
Main Entrance Arch
• Nightly Live Performances
On the first five nights (14 to 18 February), catch performances by overseas troupes Anhui Chuzhou Performing Arts Group and National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sports. There are also performances by local and Malaysian getai singers on 19 and 20 February; performances by various schools and youth groups on 21 February; and acts by multi-ethnic and multi-cultural groups on 22 February.
• Food Street
Tuck into local and regional favourites such as laksa, kong bak pau, dumplings, kebabs, spring onion pancakes, spiral potato, world burger, dragon beard candy, glass jelly dessert and churros at Singapore’s largest outdoor food street.
• Fun Activities
Get your dose of fun at the amusement park which features over 30 rides and carnival games. Look out also for traditional Chinese arts and craft activities such as calligraphy, paper cutting, stamps and traditional handicrafts.
Check out the “My Home, My New Year” exhibition, an experiential time travel which allows you to experience how Singaporeans have celebrated Chinese New Year over the years. Spanning across three time zones, the exhibition features the life story of a fictional character and describes how his family celebrated Chinese New Year during the post-independence years between 1960s to 1970s, the economic bloom period in the 1980s and 1990s, and the knowledge-based period in the 21st century.
Photos courtesy of River Hongbao Organising Committee