Beginning January 21st and running through the 29th, the Chinese New Year festivities known locally as River Hongbao 2012 will grace Marina Bay in Singapore. Usher in the Year of the Dragon with a vibrant, traditional Chinese festival carried out with typical Singaporean pomp and circumstance. Massive fireworks displays and more than 70 massive dragon lanterns, designed and handcrafted by recognized masters from Chengdu, will light the night sky, with the stunning skyline of the modern city as its backdrop.
A wide array of Chinese cultural performances, culinary delicacies and charming handicrafts are all yours for the taking (or taking in, as it were). If other seasonal festivities mounted at Marina Bay and elsewhere in the area are any indication (such as Zoukout, Southeast Asia’s largest beach party, The Fairy Tale Christmas installation at Resorts World Sentosa, and the huge pyrotechnic extravaganza that coincides with the countdown to the New Year, etc.), then this week-long event is not to be missed.
Other events marking the Chinese New Year in the city (particularly in Chinatown) are equally compelling. The firing of firecrackers at the official opening ceremony of Singapore’s Chinatown Chinese New Year celebrations, and the traditional lion dance performances are of particular interest.
Throughout the city, the famous ethnic diversity of the population is the cause for feverish annual celebrations this time of year. If you’re planning a trip to the burgeoning city-state, December and January are particularly rewarding months in which to schedule it.