Friday, 19 February 2016

Chingay & River Hong Bao 2016


2016 marks the first year of Singapore's next 50 years towards SG100 and hence, Chingay 2016 is aptly themed, "Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore" <智慧灯海,璀璨新加坡>!

A world-class spectacle beyond your wildest imagination, Chingay 2016 boasts exciting highlights that includes:
  • Blazing Flying Dragon from China and other Electrifying International Performances
  • Colourful Multi-ethnic Performances
  • Dazzling Floats and Stunning Aerial Acts
  • Exciting Illuminated Performances by Local Talents
  • Spectacular Fireworks Display
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Chingay 2016 – Singapore’s largest street performance is back!

Chingay, the largest street performance and float parade in Asia is back to wow Singapore on 19 & 20 February at F1 Pit Building this year! With vibrant floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters, performers of different races in their traditional costumes and many, many more… This yearly street parade has truly become a uniquely Singaporean tradition that we look forward to every Lunar New Year.

Whether you have joined Chingay as a spectator, watch it from home with your family, or even joined as a performer, Chingay is definitely no stranger to Singaporeans. However, how much do we know about Chingay? Have you ever wondered what does the word Chingay actually means?

Chingay is actually equivalent to the Mandarin word ‘Zhuang Yi’ (妆艺), which means “the art of costume and masquerade” in the Hokkien dialect. You might also be surprise to know that Chingay was first mooted by the then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who was also the chairman of the People’s Association (PA) to compensate for the ban on firecrackers, a customary New Year practice to drive away evil spirits with its noise and gaiety.

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River Hong Bao 2016
Everybody's best friend - God Of Fortune aka Cai Shen Ye
 
Most of the lanterns are inspired by the Monkey
 
Favorite lanterns are these two lions
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River Hongbao 2016

River Hongbao is one of the annual event that I will always bring my family. Coinciding with the year of the monkey, the theme this year is Monkey King, the key character in the story Journey to the West, 西游记.

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