Singapore is indeed an island filled with many races and cultures.
We celebrate many different kinds of holidays and traditions.
Here, in Chinatown where my atelier, HAYDEN, is based; decorations of bright red lanterns stringed together to usher in the Lunar New Year of the Water Snake!
Chinese New Year is celebrated worldwide to mark the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year and celebrations can last for about 15 days.Chinese New Year in 2013 falls on 10 February, bringing an end to the Year of the Dragon and ushering in the lunar calendar’s Year of the Snake.
I caught up with the festive spirit in Chinatown, where the streets are all lit up and chock-a-block with people jostling for festive goods. Loads of decorations, flowers, CNY cookies and sweets, fruits, lap cheong & waxed ducks!
The celebrations end on a high note with the annual Chingay Parade – an exuberant procession which is held at the F1 Pit Building in Marina Bay from 22 to 23 February.
A riot of colorful costumes, songs & dances, lavish floats, stilt-walkers, martial arts troupes and mini-dramas illustrating classical Chinese myths are some of the parade’s best-loved features. And the finale – FIREWORKS!
ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS NOW! GONG XI FA CAI EVERYONE!