Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year 2014 in Singapore. Also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, the Chinese New Year ( CNY ) is said to be the most looked forward to occasions every year. It is also know as the most significant and largest event in the Chinese community and is observed by Singaporeans from every walk of life. The celebrations usually start in the first month on the first day of the Chinese calendar and does not end until the 15th.
When is Chinese New Year 2014 in Singapore?
For 2014 the first two days of the CNY will fall on Friday January 31st and Saturday February 1st and both are public holidays for Singapore.
The Celebration of Chinese New Year 2014 in Singapore
As a symbol of the new year, people usually wear new clothes. The cleaning of the family home is also another tradition as a symbol of “sweeping away” all the bad luck to make room for the arrival of good luck. This is a time of family gatherings and friends and is a practice known as “new year visits.” The fun part for the younger family members is when the visiting family and friends bring the little red packets also called “hong bao,” which are filled with money. Another highlight for everyone is the Reunion Dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve, when families come together to eat.
CNY 2014 in Singapore finds the city streets alive with the sights of red lanterns, the sounds of music and the smells of the many stalls that are set up with tasty treats. One of these areas is Chinatown, which is known for its night markets, beautiful street light-ups and decorations, is one of the main focal points for celebrations in Singapore. If you are looking for the best time to take in the atmosphere in Chinatown, come during one of the Chinatown Street Light-ups, when you will see fire eaters, lion dancers, and the female dance troupes that come to Kreta Ayer Square with mesmerising performances.
These dancers will come armed with intricately designed umbrellas and large paper fans and promise to give you entertainment that you will remember forever. At the very heart of this festival is the tradition and folklore. All across Singapore you will see both lion and dragon dances, giving a happy and festive atmosphere to the holiday. Both Lions and Dragons are popular characters in Chinese mythology getting their roots from ancient China when the mythical beast called Nien tormented the villagers until it was discovered that the creature was afraid of the color red.
There are all sorts of events and activities that happen during Happy Chinese New Year 2014in Singapore. The main event being the Chingay Parade, which is more like a grand carnival with fire-eaters, magnificent floats, dance acts, magicians and other thrilling spectacles. Even though it is a parade, it is held on the huge grounds of the Formula One Pit Building beside the waterfront Marina. Another event that is also popular during the Chinese New Year is the River Hongbao. This event is held in mid February a little closer to the end of Chinese New Year, when the area comes to life with more street performances, lanterns, shopping, games and of course the crowd favorite, the fireworks.
Not far away at the Esplanade, the yearly Huayi Festival is also happening in February and showcases both contemporary and traditional Chinese arts in many genres such as opera, theatre, and music; it also includes many visual performances by renowned Chinese artists from all parts of the world. The best time to discover Singapore is during their Chinese New Year, when you will be both be entertained and learn about the culture and traditions of Singapore and China. Plus you will leave with more prosperity and luck for the remainder of the year.