Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is one of the most eagerly anticipated occasions each year. This is the biggest and most significant event of the Chinese community and it is observed by Singaporeans from all walks of life.
Chinese New Year which is the most important days of the traditional Chinese holidays – falls on the 23 and 24 January this year. The main highlight of Chinese New Year in Singapore is the Chinatown Celebrations. Numerous people congregate here year after year to shop for items for the home, festive goodies and gifts. Every year, many stalls will line up the streets of Chinatown and visitors can soak in the festive mood at the market.
Here are some of the recent street photos that I took at the annual Chinese Festive New Year Market / Bazaar at the bustling Singapore Chinatown.
Buildings and the streets of Chinatown are also being beautifully decorated around the dragon theme.
Dragon is an auspicious symbol representing power and success which is very well-liked by the Chinese wishing for a prosperous year.
I joined in the crowd, squeezing myself through the busy streets and moving inches with each little step. It is quite hard to get a breather but it is here where you get a good feel of the festive season, where stage shows, celebrations, most stalls represent and signify the importance of Chinese New Year and how it is being celebrated.
The booming voice of the stall tenants as they urge patrons to buy from them and the rummaging of displayed sweets and snacks by customers constitute a vibrant, lively picture.
The annual festive bazaar in Chinatown is here once again as we usher in Chinese New Year / Year of the Dragon! Be sure to soak in the celebratory atmosphere by heading down to one of Singapore's most fascinating ethnic enclaves! :-)