75% of Singaporeans are of Chinese descent, needless to say Chinese New Year is an important celebration. The Lunar New Year festival features fireworks, parades, feasts, special treats and candies and cultural performances and entertainment. Singapore is special in that although it is a polyglot country, the entire nation comes together to celebrate the traditions of each of the ethnic groups.
Beginning weeks in advance of the Chinese New Year, the streets of Chinatown are lined with beautifully-designed lanterns and string lights. Soak in the festive mood throughout the island with celebrations in the form of colorful processions, festive meals, seasonal markets, and lively dances. The festival spans several weeks from January to March, so be sure to review official schedules for specific events.
Contributors: Caroline Duterque from Jack and Ferdi