Celebrations for welcoming the Year of the Monkey on 8 February are well underway in Singapore. Whether it’s indulging in pineapple tarts, love letters and lapis cake, or taking a stroll through jam-packed Chinatown, there are many ways to get into the monkey spirit (not to mention two public holidays!).
Don’t miss the countdown party on 7 February in Chinatown – visit chinatownfestivals.sg for more info.
There’s a fabulous light display along Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge running until 8 March (from 7pm each evening), and, from 6 to 14 February, head to the River Hongbao on the Marina Bay Floating Platform to find giant lanterns portraying zodiac animals, plus food and auspicious fireworks, of course!
The annual Chingay Parade, a uniquely Singaporean Lunar New Year tradition, will be held at the F1 Pit Building during the first weekend of the Lunar New Year on 19 and 20 February – the parade starts at 8pm, and there’s a pre-parade at 7pm.
Did you know?
The word Chingay is equivalent to the Mandarin zhuang yi (妆艺), which means ‘the art of costume and masquerade’ in the Hokkien dialect, visit chingay.org.sg for more info about this vibrant event!
If you don’t make it to Chinatown over the next few days, then catch the Chinese New Year lion dance troupe performance at the mall entrance to Cluny Court on Saturday, 20 February at 11am.
Take a trip to the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay – there’s a new floral display featuring begonias, dahlias and monkey-shaped topiaries in the theme of the Chinese classical tale Journey to the West – until 28 February.
Happy New Year – Gong Xi Fa Cai
(PS. That’s pronounced ‘gong zee fah chai,’ if you’d like to practice a few times before using it this weekend! gong xi means ‘congratulations’ and is also a way to wish one joy and Fa cai is to become rich or make money, sounds good to us!)