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Sunday, January 27, 2013

~ Lunar New Year 2013 Events ~

Chinese New Year is only 2 weeks away before we welcome the Year of the Snake. During this period, many household will be busy spring cleaning, buying CNY goodies and decorating their homes to celebrate the Spring!

This is a very important festival for the Chinese and there will be a couple of events lined up to get you soak into the Chinese New Year mood if you have not feel the heat yet. So where are the places you and your family can look out for this CNY?

Sentosa Flowers 2013 - Joys of Spring
9 - 17 February 2013 (10am - 7pm) 
Palawan Beach
*Ticketing applies

Sentosa Flowers is back again setting at a different location ~ Palawan Beach. We have been visitors to this event for the past 2 years and looking forward to see thousands of tropical and spring flowers blooming by the sea. It will be a great photography spot for families and friends.
Check out our previous visits to the Sentosa Flowers


Photo source (flowers.sentosa.com.sg)

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River Hongbao 2013
8 - 16 February 2013 (12pm - 1130pm)
The Float @ Marina Bay
Free admission

River Hongbao seems like a must go venue for our family over the years. If you have followed through our blog, you will notice we did not fail to take pictures with our Chinese Zodiac and check out our fortune for the New Year as part of the CNY celebration. Visitors can expect more lanterns display and foreign delicacies from Guangdong. There will also be daily shows and games to entertain the crowd.


If you like to catch some Fireworks Display, be there on 8th Feb (Fri) - 8pm or 9th Feb (Sat) - 12 midnight.


Photo source (www.riverhongbao.sg)

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Chinatown CNY Celebration
18th January - 9 February (Festive Street Bazaar)
19th January - 9 February (Nightly Stage Shows) 

Official light-up and opening ceremony has already kicked off on 19th Jan 2013 and the CNY eve party will commence on 9th February from 930pm - 1230am (New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street).

Chinatown is exceptionally vibrant during the CNY period. Huge crowd swamped the streets especially during the weekends to make their purchases of CNY goodies, clothings, flowers and deco.

The nightly performances at Kreta Ayer Square is a popular spot where many Chinese gather to enjoy a series of song, dance, music and cultural performances by various local and foreign troupes.




http://www.chinatownfestivals.sg/









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Chingay 2013 - Fire in Snow
22 - 23 February 2013
F1 Pit Building
* Ticketing applies

(Photo source : www.chingay.org.sg/)

We have never been to Chingay before and can only catch parts of the parade through photos and on television. Usually held at the end of CNY holiday, Chingay is an annual street parade, famous for its beautiful and colourful floats and multi-cultural local and international performances. There are also times where the floats go through the Heartlands and we may catch a glimpse of the extravaganza.


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Singapore Art Museum Open House
10 & 11 February

To celebrate the Lunar New Year, SAM will be opening its door to the public! Free entry to all galleries at SAM from 10am. On 11th February, there will also be a series of hands-on activities for everyone from 11am to 6pm.

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Singapore Philatelic Museum Open House
10 & 11 February (930am - 7pm)

Singapore Philatelic Museum will have its Open House on Chinese New Year day with a full day of fun-filled activities on 11th February. There will be guided tour, cooking demostration and "Snakes & Ladders" Exhibition. For more information on the programme list, visit the SPM website

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Istana Open House
11 February 

The Istana grounds is open to the public on the 2nd day of CNY. Admission is free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents. Other visitors are required to pay an entrance free of $1 per person. Usually there will be performances and Istana souvenirs will be on sale at the Open House.
http://www.istana.gov.sg/

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There are also other CNY celebrations held within the heartlands where there will be lion dance, stage shows and stalls setup to bring more joy to the residents during this Spring Festival. It is the busiest time for most of us since we will be occupied getting new clothings, buying goodies and spring cleaning our homes. Despite being tied up with so many things on our minds to complete, nothing beats having a nice reunion dinner on CNY eve, praying at the temples for a good health and year ahead and visiting our friends and relatives as we snack from home to home. ^_^

Wishing all a Happy Lunar New Year!

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