Since Singapore has majority Chinese population Chinese New Year (CNY) or Spring Festival is the biggest festival. The government had officially declared two days of holidays for CNY each year. This year, 2017, CNY will be celebrated on 28 January. This year is the year of Rooster according to Chinese Zodiacs.
Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Chinese people decorate doors and windows with Red Lanterns and couplets. Essentially everything is red. Mandarin plants, pineapples, decorative lights and wall hangings are other items used for decoration.
The best place to see the CNY decorations is China Town in Singapore. New Bridge Road (near to China Town MRT) is painted red (pun intended). The entire road is covered with lanterns and there is hardly any place where shops are not operating. Locals shops are full of house decoration items like lanterns, wall hangings, couplets, Chinese deities, Roosters, room plants, lamp shades etc. The market is also full of street food. I liked dried mangoes, dried kiwi, dried ginger coated with lemon, caramel coated cashew nuts, ginger flavored ground nuts to name a few. Many shops gave an option to taste the items before buying. No doubt I tasted most (all?) of them. China Town was filled with festive spirit, energetic crowd, colors, excitement and cheerful kids. A perfect place to be in CNY.
I visited China town last Friday (20th Jan) and the place was crowded. I can not imagine going there on a CNY weekend when there will be additional stage shows and fireworks. But I might go again as it will be another spectacular day to photograph festive spirit. Here are some of the images I took.
Here is a time-lapse video from the day