The Chinese represent the largest section of Singaporean population and so, a strong cultural influence of China can be seen in the various celebrations of the country. Observing the Chinese New Year is one of the most important events of Singapore. The day of the Chinese New Year is decided based on the Chinese lunar calendar.
The celebration of the Chinese New Year follows Chinese traditions. During this time roads and areas are decorated with bright colored flags and festoons. Lights are hung and markets are decorated in vibrant colors. The entire city transforms itself into a bright dreamscape. It is the time for the Chinese people to enjoy festivity and reuniting with friends and families.
Chun Jie is the most important tradition of the New Year. It is a tradition to bury old despairs and worries and welcome hope for the coming days. The preparation for Chun Jie starts one month before the actual celebration of New Year. The event is earmarked with buying gifts, clothes, household items, flowers, toys etc. for loved ones. The Chinese also buy a plum tree as it symbolizes new beginning and is an important part of the New Year celebration. Grand feasts, dance performances, theaters etc. are organized across Singapore during this time.
The Chinese New Year celebration is also known as the Spring Festival as it ushers the season of spring in the region. A world-class flower show is organized in Sentosa by the name of Sentosa Flowers.
The Chinese New Year is also a great time to shop in Singapore as the shops and shopping malls offer great deals during this time. If you are considering enjoying some great shopping deals in Singapore, it is the ideal time.
The Marina Bay in Singapore organizes the biggest parties for the New Year. People normally queue in front of the finest restaurants to enjoy dinner in the New Year. If you have planned to visit Singapore during the Chinese New Year time, don’t miss the Chingay Parade, which is an extravagant and dramatic event. In addition, you can participate in the Huayi Festival which is an exhibition of Chinese art and handicrafts.