River Hongbao 2015 Festival at Marina Bay Floating Platform
Usher in the Year of the Goat. Take a walk along the streets of China Town to feel the warm and excitement of this auspicious celebration. Chinese New Year is the most important and significant event observed by the Chinese community in Singapore and around the world. Traditionally, adults and children will join their family members in reunion dinners. Coming together to re-enforce family ties is a must.
During this 15 day celebration, visitations are made to homes of relatives and friends, paying respect to elders and re-establishing family ties. In larger countries in Asia, working adults return to their home towns for reunions. Days before and after the celebration, transportation lines and border checkpoints are exceptionally busy, as people return to their hometowns and later back to work later on.
Chinese New Year 2015 on 19 & 20 February are public holidays in Singapore. If you are in Singapore, join in the fun and gaiety. There will be plenty of opportunities around - at Chinatown, shopping malls and best of all, visit the home of a Chinese family.
River Hongbao 2015
Marina Bay Floating Platform
The River Hongbao is an iconic event to celebrate Chinese New Year. This festival highlights Chinese mythology and customs associated with the celebration of the new year. On displays are mythological figures, lanterns, Chinese Zodiac symbols, calligraphy, paper cuttings and other cultural items.
There will also be an outdoor area selling street foods of Singapore.
Come and experience Chinese New Year - in sight, sound and taste.
The Kampong Glam and Arab Street area in Singapore is renowned for their wide range of wicker baskets, cane and straw works, rattan and other handicrafts. From serving trays, table or floor mats, side cabinets to baby cradles. These items offer utility as well as for decorative purposes. If you are into such au natural items for your home, you will definitely be spoilt for choice. These items are mainly sourced from the neighbouring S E Asian countries - Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. However, knick knacks from as far as the Middle East and Africa can also be found.
Kampong Glam was once the seat of the Malay ruling family in Singapore. Together with the early settlers, the enclave grew to be a trading hub, with traders coming from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Middle East. Malay Muslim heritage pervades this historic district. Culture is still alive, with the many shops, eateries and a major mosque reflecting the rich Muslim heritage.
Little India - is a thriving hub which grew from the early Indian community which settled here. Now, it's a mixture of old and new, sacred and secular, multi-cultural though predominantly Indian. You'll be fascinated by the riot of colors and the many shops selling jewelry, textile, flower garlands and freshly ground spices. Plus bars, barbers, fortune tellers, temple, mosques and churches.
The early Chinese immigrants to Singapore settled here. It became the cultural and business melting pot for the various dialect groups - Teochew, Cantonese, Hokkien and Hainanese that came from Southern China. Today, Chinatown has moved with the times, however, still retaining its old world charm, culture, food and celebrations. It's a burst of colours offering festivities and gastronomical delights throughout the year.