Chinese people around the world get ready each year to celebrate the Spring Festival, commonly known as the Chinese New Year.
Over the years, Singaporeans have put their own stamp on the Chinese New Year festivities by mixing old and new traditions from other cultures.
Impressive fireworks, parades, and traditional Chinese cultural performances take place around Singapore in honor of this holiday.
Red is undoubtedly the colour of the season. You’ll see it in homes all over Singapore, thoroughly spring-cleaned and decorated with touches of crimson everywhere.
Experiencing the Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore is a once-in-a-lifetime treat.
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Chinese New Year is widely celebrated by Chinese all over the world. Each city has its own unique way of celebrating it, and Singapore is no different.
In a multicultural city like Singapore, how is being celebrated then?
The first day of Chinese New Year falls on the new moon day of the Lunar calendar. To be exact, the festival is The Lunar New Year, which is the most important day of the year for Chinese. Families take time to clean their homes a week before the actual event in a nationwide cleaning activity known as Spring Cleaning. It is believed that a clean home brings good luck to its occupants.
Over the next 14 days, you will find Chinese families making trips all across the island to visit their loved ones in their homes, which are decked out in red and gold. Couplets are often pasted on walls spelling out well wishes for the coming year.
It is also during this period of time when kids are the most excited about visiting. There are lots New Year goodies to be eaten such as Rou Gan (barbecue sliced pork) and Gold candies. This is also the time when adults open their wallets and dish out Hong Baos (red packets) which contain money! They signify good luck and prosperity for everyone in the family.
If you are travelling through Singapore during this time, the best place to visit besides a local's home is Chinatown, where the height of the festivities take place. Each year, a celebration is staged here which receives live TV coverage. This is the best place to enjoy and soak in the atmosphere and celebrate arms in arms with the locals.
If you have a few more days to spare, stick around for the Chingay procession, which is a parade of colorful costumes and loud music.
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