Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations
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This Chinese New Year, it’s out with the rat and in with the ox. From January 23 to March 12, the 880-metre-stretch along Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road are all dolled up with 888 brightly-lit lanterns including meaningful new year symbols such as pomelos, blossom trees and ingots that signify good health, prosperity and longevity. Lanterns of the zodiac star and his 11 zodiac pals, arranged in the order based on the Great Zodiac Race, can also be found along South Bridge Road.
However, bring your attention to this year's main star: the towering 10-metre-tall oxen centrepiece located opposite Chinatown Point. It depicts a large golden ox standing atop gold coins and ingots to symbolise fortune and prosperity. And next to the ox is the riverbank and water wheel to represent the flow of wealth and fortune. Here's hoping for a smooth-sailing year ahead.
Beyond the attention-grabbing display, you can also gather the fam for a variety of online activities, from watching short films to joining virtual tours while experiencing Chinatown and its heritage, as well as the origins of Chinese New Year, at the comfort of your sweet digs. Plus, you can catch continue taking in the stunning sights of this year's Street Light-Up with a 360-degree virtual tour too.
“It is important that we continue to celebrate Chinese New Year, bring cheer, and showcase the vibrant traditions of the festival while adhering to safe management measures. Even though events such as the Festive Street Bazaar and Countdown Party had to be cancelled to minimise crowds, visitors can still enjoy the colours, sights and sounds of Chinatown with their family and loved ones from the comfort of their homes with the hybrid line-up of programmes this year,” says Mr Vincent Tan, BBM, Chairman of Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2021 Organising Committee.
If you're heading down to Chinatown to see the Street Light-Up in the flesh, be sure to observe safe management measures such as wearing masks at all times, ensuring groups of no more than eight people, and maintaining one-metre distance from other individuals or groups. For more information, including its online offerings, check out chinatownfestivals.sg.