As a sequel to our coverage for Chinatown’s Mid-Autumn Festival last year, the team at The Next Chapter Film is back for the biggest event of the year in Chinatown, Chinese New Year celebrations! The festivities span across 2 months as we sacrifice Lunar New Year’s eve for our biggest job yet. Organised by Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee every year, a huge line of activities awaits Singaporeans and overseas tourists to participate. Here’s a throwback to what happened earlier in January and February:
1) Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony – The Official Light Up and Opening Ceremony marks the opening of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2017. The event continues to awe visitors with entertaining performances by both local and China leading performing troupes. Together with spectacular firecrackers and fireworks display, it will bring the opening ceremony to a greater height as we usher in the Year of the Rooster.
2) Street Light-Up – The official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony will be followed by 7 weeks of street light up along the streets of Chinatown. The light-up will feature handmade sculptured lanterns of rooster, hen and chick and with stories of Chinese traditional values. Combining traditions with modern design, visitors will be enthralled by the creativity of the contemporary street light-up design.
3) Festive Street Bazaar – With a variety of stalls lining up the streets of Chinatown, visitors can feast on mouth-watering New Year delicacies, enjoy the brilliant lights and decorations of the stalls and shop for the many New Year traditional goodies from cookies, decorative items, waxed duck and preserved fruits to potted plants and clothing.
4) Chinatown Wishing Tree – Make your New Year wishes come true at the Chinatown Wishing Tree! Besides, you can do charity to help the needy elderly. Write wishes for yourself and your loved ones on the “Make a Wish” card and hang them on the banyan tree. Each wishing card costs $2/- and all proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors ‘ Activity Centre. Through this meaningful community event, you can bring festive cheers to the less fortunate and reaching out to them with your helping hands.
5) Nightly Stage Shows – Catch nightly performances at Kreta Ayer Square during the Chinatown Chinese New Year celebrations. The popular gathering point for local Chinese communities during this time lives up to its deeply rooted affinity to Chinese culture and it is also the place where you can find the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and take a pit-stop from your festive shopping. Be entertained by lively and vibrant Chinese cultural performances, festive songs, songs, music and dance performances by local entertainers and troupes from China.
6) 10th International Lion Dance Competition – From the rhythmic beat of the drums to the jaw-dropping stunts, there’s just something about the lion dance that evokes a sense of awe and majesty. Steeped in tradition and culture, the lion dance has gained popularity across the globe over the years and is now an internationally recognised sport. Calling all lion dance enthusiasts, head over to the open carpark at Banda Street to witness the power and strength of the ‘King of the Lions’ over an intense competition! The annual event which has gone into its 10th year will see more than 10 reputable top troupes from Singapore and Asia Pacific, all vying for the grand prize and the honour of being recognised as ‘the best of the best’ as they pit against one another with skilful stunts and intricate manoeuvres on the meihuazhuang.
7) Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party – Usher in the Year of the Rooster with live performances and a rousing countdown celebration with MediaCorp artistes in the heart of Chinatown. Be entertained by the lively performances from a medley of festive songs, skits to interactive games as the countdown party culminates with rousing firecrackers and a spectacular display of fireworks.
8) Chingay 2017 Night Fiesta @ Chinatown – The Chingay parade, the annual largest street performance and float parade in Asia, will make an appearance in Chinatown this year to bring the celebrations to a great height but also marking the end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Join us with your family and friends for a vibrant night that include special performances by local and overseas performers and not forgetting the 10 over beautifully decorated and lighted float.
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