Chingay Celebrations in Singapore traditionally starts on the second March of every year. The traditional venue is the Central Business District or the CBD. It is considered as one of the world’s most exciting and attractive place to celebrate. The whole city square is decorated with huge balloons, banners, and colorful lights along the parade route. The entire event is filled with music, fun and laughter. Chingay Celebrations in Singapore is very popular for many reasons.
The first reason why Chingay Celebrations in Singapore is so much fun and interesting is the large number of floats in the parade. The floats represent the various groups of people that are taking part in the parade. These floats move across the whole city square accompanied by colorful flags and banners. Every corner of the city is decorated with bright lights that illuminate the floats and the banners.
Another reason why Chingay Celebrations in Singapore is so much fun is the large number of parades that take place on the same day. From a large range of national groups and local government units, every group that wishes to participate in the parade is represented by a float in the main parade route. From here, they will pass on to the next area and eventually arrive at the venue of the celebration. In the process, the floats pass through the numerous streets of the designated parade route. At every corner of the route, you will see colorful banners that display the flag of the participating group. The colors of the banner play an important role in illuminating the floats.
The most popular floats during Chingay Celebrations in Singapore are the Ayer Molek and the Solidarity Day parades. The Ayer Molek is a group of vehicles which carry members of the public as well as members of the relevant community to observe the parade proceedings from a different perspective. The vehicle known as the ayer moo krow has several people sitting in it who speak Chinese and English. It is led by a Chinese man dressed in his traditional Chinese attire.
Another great attraction at Chingay Celebrations in Singapore are the two-day-old Chinese New Year lanterns which are floating lanterns which are hung from the Jalan Raya Utama sky walk above the city square. The Chinese have always celebrated this festival by placing these lanterns in their window. The Jalan Raya Utama or the “Mountain Street” as it is known locally is a narrow street running between the North and South pedestrian bridges and the Night Markets or the Chee Kuan. The Chinese people use this walkway to take their home cooked food to celebrate the new year. At the time of the New Year celebrations, the whole city area is buzzing with activity as Chinese take advantage of the early hours to carry out choreographed dances and rush to take advantage of the late night snacks on the popular pavement cafes.
One of the highlights of the celebrations is the Kung Fu competition, which takes place in the early morning on the first day of the New Year. The venue is the Jalan Hinchun Leng. Competitors swarm to the area to try and beat their opponents. The winner is the one who participates with the highest number of points. The competition is organised by the Shifu Dhammak with the help of the volunteers who are known as the “Chingay warriors”.
On the second day of the celebrations, the entire city centre takes a day off to celebrate the success of the Chinese folk dance called the “Maenam”. The whole event takes place right in the Central Business District or thezone, the place that is fully designated as the Chinese New Year Centre. At the same time, the Penang Harvest Festival also takes place in this same area. In this event, the citizens of the country, who celebrate the new year with the festivities, take to the streets and enjoy the harvest and the fresh fruits and vegetables that they have sown during the year. The whole event is taken place after one of the most enjoyable periods in the island’s history, when the Chinese people once again turned to their crafts and cultures and created works of art.
There are also other regional festivals celebrated all across Singapore including the Malay, Eurasian and East Indian festivals. The best part about all these celebrations is that they are all colourful, vibrant and fun-filled. So come join in the celebrations in Singapore in the coming days and months. Have fun!