Singapore Chinese New Year 2014 – Great Activities for the Horse CNY
Have you noticed weeks before the Chinese New Year, almost all the Singapore Shopping centers are lined with Chinese New Year festive decorations and ringing with popular Chinese New Year Songs? Singapore is one of the best countries to experience Chinese New Year (CNY). The reasons being that majority of population is Chinese, most of the different traditional cultures from different parts of China are contained into this cultural pot, there are so many CNY related activities and many of the recommended places are easily accessible by the extensive public transport.
Many of the Chinese New Year traditions are passed down and still practiced here since the day when the first Chinese immigrants came from mainland China. Usually, the Chinese New Year occurs during the month of February. The first and second days of Chinese New Year fall on January 31 (Friday) and February 1 (Saturday).
2014 is Year of the Horse!!! For this auspicious season, I have collected an extensive list of where to go during this CNY and what fun things to do.
Hope you enjoy the recommendations and have an eventful CNY! Huat Ah!!!
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People in most parts of the world usually associate the CNY event with Chinatown. There is no difference in Singapore where Chinatown is still the traditional place to go and central of attraction for Chinese New Year. You can easily immerse in the entire Chinese cultural experience and experience the festive hustle and bustle simply by walking the streets of Chinatown. Chinatown is also where local Chinese congregate year after year to shop for necessary New Year items for the home and to soak in the festive atmosphere. Foreigners flock to this place to get the first hand experience of what Chinese New Year is like.
A must-do is to shop at the Festive Bazaar Street which will be crowded with many visitors especially during the CNY eve. There are more than 500 stalls along Pagoda Street, Temple Street, Smith Street, Sago Street and Trengganu Street. CNY's eve, is the best time do some serious bargain hunting. All the vendors at the night market will start giving discounts on their products because they would be out of season the very next day. This will be a good time to buy some souvenirs or titbits. Near midnight on the CNY eve, join the crowd near the Chinatown MRT station for the Chinese New Year 2014 Countdown Concert, which will culminate with fireworks at midnight.
Here are some of the highlights for 2014 China Chinese New Year Celebrations:
Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014 Street Light-Up
Usher in the prosperous Year of the Horse with 88 illuminated lantern scuptures of horses galloping towards prosperity and countless gold coins suspended along the street. Combining traditions with modern design, be enthralled by the creativity of the contemporary street light-up design.The light-up features a refreshing and innovative Horse theme design conceptualised by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
Date: 11 January – 28 February 2014
7.00pm – 2.00am (Friday & Saturday)
7.00pm – 12.00mn (Sunday – Thursday)
Venue: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, Garden Bridge and inner streets of Chinatown
Festive Street Stalls
With a variety 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 clothings.
Date: 10 January 2014 – 30 January 2014
Time: 6.00pm – 10.30pm (Daily)
6.00pm – 1.00am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)
Venue: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street, Trengganu Street.
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.
Date: 11 January 2014 – 30 January 2014
Time: 8.00pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square
Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2013 Countdown Party
Usher in the Year of Horse 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.
Date: 30 January 2014
Time: 9.30pm – 12.30am
Venue: Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road
Chinatown Wishing Tree
Make your New Year wishes come true at the Chinatown Wishing Tree! Inspired by the renowned ancient banyan tree in Lam Tsuen in Hong Kong to which people travel to during Chinese New Year to leave their special wishes, a lucky banyan tree is installed at Chinatown Point where you can try throwing mandarin oranges tied to your wishes onto it. If they stay on the tree, it is said that your wishes will come true!
Join in the festive fun by making wishes for you and your loved ones. Get a mandarin orange wishing charm for S$2 to toss it onto the tree. All proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors Activity Centre.
Date: 7 January – 14 February 2014
Time: 11am – 9.00pm
Venue: China Point
2014 Yuan Xiao Party
Festivities culminate on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, which marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. It is also the Chinese Valentine’s Day for couples. Enjoy local and overseas performances and highlights of the Chingay Parade Singapore as the floats and performers make an appearance at Chinatown.
Date: 9 February 2014
Time: 6.30pm – 10pm
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
Usher in the Year of the Horse and celebrate the coming of spring at River Hongbao 2014! Held at Singapore’s iconic Floating Platform @ Marina Bay and organised by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Singapore Tourism Board and People’s Association, River Hongbao is proud to present yet another exciting event in 2014.
For 28 consecutive years, this annual iconic event has remained an integral part of Singapore’s Lunar New Year celebrations as River Hongbao presents a truly unique Chinese cultural experience for Singaporeans and tourists to titillate your senses. Building on the success of the past year, River Hongbao will welcome the Year of the Horse with celebrations extended over 11-days from 29 January to 8 February 2014. The River Hongbao is open to public and admission is free.
Performances by Yunnan Opera Theatre
Lanterns, Chinese Gods and Legends
Handicraft Street and Food Street
Chinese New Year Eve Countdown Party
The River Hongbao 2014 Light-up Ceremony on 29th January (Wednesday), graced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, will mark the beginning of the 11-day festivities accompanied by a spectacular fireworks display. To usher in the Year of the Horse, Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong,will grace the Chinese New Year Eve Countdown party on 30th January (Thursday) with yet another fireworks spectacle.
Where: The Float @ Marina Bay
MRT: Esplanade and Promenade Station
When: 29 January to 8 February 2014
Time: 12pm - 11.30pm. Performance times: 8pm - 10pm
The grand finale for the Spring Festival or the CNY is the Chingay Parade in Singapore. I remembered when I was young, watching the Chingay is free but this paid version will be more entertaining and has more variety. The Chingay Parade is a grand carnival-like street parade with dazzling floats, dance, good cheer and a world class extravaganza of cultures around the world.
Highlights of 2014 Chingay includes:
- 8,000 Multi-Cultural Performers
- First-of-its- kind Outdoor Community Drama
- Grandest Opening - World Longest and Largest Batik Art of 360m x 10m presented by 1,000 Performers
- Exotic Performances from China, Indonesia, Italy, Korea and Philippines
- First-time 4m Giant Artistic Puppets
- Exciting Multi-Cultural and Energetic Youth Performances
- First time Ge Tai (歌台) in Chingay
- Acrobatic Acts (China)
- Grand Finale by 3,000 Performers and 720m of Colourful Knitted Tapestries
Where: Promenade, Marina Bay
MRT: Esplanade and Promenade Station
When: 7-8 February 2014
Time: 8 pm (Pre-Parade: 7pm)
Cost: From $40. Purchase ticket at SISTIC
Gallop into the year of the Horse and celebrate Lunar New Year with an array of exciting activities with your family and friends!
Do not miss the chance to catch captivating performances by renowned troupes from China!
31 Jan & 1 Feb - 4.30pm, 6pm and 8pm (Merlion Plaza)
2 Feb - 3pm (Emerald Pavilion at Siloso Beach); 4.30pm & 6pm (Merlion Plaza)
Usher in the New Year with a breathtaking showcase of extraordinary balance and flexibility by renowned Zhengzhou Star Acrobatics Troupe, swinging swiftly and gracefully on ropes in mid-air with heart-thumping routine, the Flying Ropes.
Northern Lion Dance
31 Jan & 1 Feb - 2pm (Emerald Pavilion at Siloso Beach), 4.30pm & 6pm (Songs of the Sea Concourse)
2 Feb - 2pm (Emerald Pavilion at Siloso Beach), 4.30pm & 6pm (Songs of the Sea Concourse), 8pm (Merlion Plaza)
Delight in an auspicious celebration with the furry northern lion family as they dance to the rhythm of the drum. These playful and adorable lions represent kindness and family bonds. The female lions don a green bow while the males don a red bow.
LED Dragon Dance
31 Jan, 1 & 2 Feb - 7.15pm & 9.15pm (Beach Plaza, next to iFLY Singapore)
Rejoice in the LED Dragon Dance performed by award-winning Wenyang Sports Association (Singapore)! Feast your eyes on the luminous dragons as they dance and twist with magnificent skills and speed, bringing you good luck and fortune.
Other activities includes lively percussion by Sambarang Batucrang, Circus-in-Motion, Fire-Twirling performances by Flaming Matrix, and many more. Click here for more information on these performances.
Where: Merlion Plaza to Beach Station
MRT: VivoCity MRT Station
When: 31 Jan - 2 Feb 2014
Time: 11am to 9:30pm daily
To mark this festive Lunar New Year, Downtown East has invited the God of Fortune to bring you well luck and fortune for the coming year! Don’t miss the chance to meet the Fortune God Mascot as he dishes out heavy doses of prosperity with free goodies. While stocks last
Where: The Downtown East
When: 31 Jan 2014 To 14 Feb 2014
Time:6pm - 7pm (Daily) Additional 4.30pm appearances at Wild Wild Wet on Weekends & Public Holidays.
If you have nothing interesting to do during this Chinese New Year, the Istana ground is open to the public on the 2nd day of the CNY.
Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents. Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $1 per person. Entrance to the grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road. Opening hours are usually from 8.30am to 6.00pm.
There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House. For an entrance fee of $2, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister.
Istana souvenirs are also sold at the Open House. All proceeds from the sale of the souvenirs and the entrance fees collected go to the Community Chest.
MRT: Dhoby Ghaut
When: 1 February 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 8.30am to 6.00pm
Cost: FREE!!! $1 for non Singaporean and non PR.
Lion Dance Plucking the Green, 采青(Cai Qing), is a traditional lion dance performance. Cai Qing is performed during the Chinese New Year to bring blessing or fortune. So come down and witness the Lion Dance Plucking the Green Ceremony and bring some of the luck home!
Where: The Downtown East, Event Square
When: 3 Feb 2014
Hope you enjoy my recommendations and have a wonderful Chinese New Year!!!
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