Synonymous with bright colours, celebration, revelry, sheer joy, and love; the Chinese New Year is undoubtedly one of the most important festivals celebrated in Singapore. Also referred to as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, it falls on the first day of the first month of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar and is a time of merrymaking. Being the only festival which calls for a public holiday for two consecutive days, Chinese New Year is one of the favourites among the Singaporeans.
Celebrations for the Chinese New Year begin weeks before the New Year even starts, and visitors flock to places like Chinatown, City Hall and Marina Bay Floating Platform in large numbers, to witness the traditions and cultural practices taking place there - the exchanging of mandarin oranges, preparations for the reunion dinners, flea markets, seasonal markets and so on. The Spring Festival in Singapore is imbued with a lot of chatter and excitement, and it is a great opportunity for people to closely witness the Singaporean way of celebrating this festival, and of taking part in the festivities.
How to Reach: The Chinatown MRT Station is right at the heart of the district. Also, Clarke Quay, Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar and Outram Park are all just a short walk away from Chinatown. Buses 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 970, and CT1 can also take you to Chinatown.Chinese Festival of Arts at the Esplanade Waterfront Promenade
How to Reach: To witness the Singapore River Hongbao Carnival, take the MRT and disembark at the Promenade Station. It is a short walk from the Exit A to the venue. Alternatively, take the bus 75, 77, 106, 171, 531, 700A, 857, 960, 961, N, NR1, or NR2 and get down at the Raffles Avenue bus interchange which is a 2-minute walk away from the venue.
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