One of the many things that make Singapore what it is, is the diverse cultural community living here. Although the Chingay festival started out as a Chinese event wanting to ward off evil spirits by burning firecrackers to mark the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations, it is now a unique Singapore National Event. The Chingay Festival perfectly displays the vibrancy of Singapore’s multicultural society which includes the Chinese, Malays, Indian and Eurasian showing no division amongst us. This year, the Chingay Parade is held on 10th and 11th February 2017.
Chingay is also Asia’s largest float and street parade involving more than 8000 local talents from 150 organisations and world-renowned performers from around the world!
Spectators, be set to gaze into the night sky of fireworks and myriad of colours on the street performers donning a rainbow of traditional costumes. Enjoy the performance of the stilt walkers, wushu masters, dragon dances, beautiful sky lanterns and vibrant bright lighted floats!
Just be mindful of the road closures during this event. The MRT is still the best mode of transport.
After all that excitement on the Chingay street parade, wind down by taking a walk through the streets of Chinatown on the 12th February for the Chap Ngoh Mei Event. This night has always been associated with finding romance. All you single folks looking for “The One”, this is definitely an event you have to be a part of. Having said that, family folks you can still join in this fun with your kids!
On this wonderful night where the full moon illuminates the sky, carry some colourful glowing lanterns as traditionally done annually and walk towards the waterfront along the esplanade and single men and ladies, throw in some fruits into the water. An apple, symbolising a good wife are to be thrown by men and an orange, symbolising a good husband will be thrown by men.
History buffs, you’re in for a treat as you’ll be guided through a tour of the Chinese immigrant community through the narrow streets where you’ll see divisions of the Cantonese, Hokkien and Teo Chew streets. Each and every division with their own cultural uniqueness.
After all, that walk, end the night with a scrumptious supper at a 24-hour joint where you can get local delights such as Prata Bom or Cheese Mushroom Prata and likes. One of the most popular places that you can go to would be Al-Ameen at Bukit Timah, which will surely not disappoint!
So come join us for this celebrate unforgettable National Event!