There are millions of Chinese people celebrating the Chinese New Year at the end of January. The celebrations usually involve parades, fireworks, and cultural performances. Although this event is celebrated all over the world, there is nothing better than celebrating it in Singapore.
Find Some “Fu” in Chinatown
Singapore really comes to life before the Chinese New Year. The markets will be filled with New Year’s treats, such as nian gao, pineapple tarts, and sticky and sweet rice cakes. You should be looking for the things with “fu” inscription which means luck. Parents usually give red packets with money to their children with this inscription.
If you happen to be staying in Singapore for the holiday, it might be a good idea to visit the Chinese History Museum which presents the history of Chinese people in Singapore through photos and artifacts. The descriptions are very detailed, including the kinds of food people used to eat back in the days.
Respect to Buddha
In case you walk into a Chinese temple in this period you might find people lighting incense and offering the symbols of wealth to Buddha. There are often monks in the temples blessing people. Even though you might not be a spiritual person, you may appreciate the architecture of the temples.
This is a traditional Chinese salad that is prepared only once year. Even though the ingredients may vary, they usually include raw fish, shredded vegetables, sesame oil and a combination of sweet oils. All the ingredients have a symbolic meaning that usually refers to wealth or luck.
God of Fortune
In Singapore there is a festival celebrating the Chinese New Year that lasts for 9 days. During this time there are a lot of lanterns used and people create the God of Fortune using these lanterns. There is also a lot of singing and dancing in this period and it is the perfect time to learn a little something about the country’s history.
This is a street parade organized every year and it is meant to celebrate the Chinese New Year. At the parade you can see lion dancers, multicultural performances, giant floats, magic shows, acrobatics, and many colorful costumes. The best thing about the parade is that you can attend it for free.
There is a lot you could do during your stay and the Chinese New Year is something that all people should experience.