Last weekend we went to Singapore for a cousins gateway. Coincidentally, it was during Lunar/Chinese New Year. As you know, I am not one to skip any sort of celebration, so we declared it as CNY (Cousins New Year) vacay and planned to do it annually (next year it’s going to be Australia. Again.)
I thought this was my third time celebrating Lunar New Year in Singapore. I was wrong, it’s my first time. Yes, 8 years of living in Singapore, I had never celebrated it here. Eeep! And to be completely honest, I didn’t plan to go Chinatown on that day, I had a major headache and I planned to go back to hotel after scoring the Chinese Zodiac stamp collection from Esplanade. But my cousin called and asked to have dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant there, called Old Yang Kee. Knowing how yummy their green chili pork was, I’d be a fool if I didn’t agree to it.
I am so glad that she asked to meet her there. Chinatown looked lively and colorful; buzzing with auspicious energy and all sorts of nationality. Temple Street have been closed for Lunar New Year bazaar for a couple of days. A row of the small shops were open on each side of the street, selling things which either you might need for or attract good luck for the new year.
^^ The best decor item on this Lunar New Year: Monkey balloon to represent the year of the Monkey. I got one for myself the night before. Unfortunately, it flew away before I got the chance to name it/her. I chose to believe that it’s a good luck to have your Monkey balloon fly away, a symbol that all your wishes and dreams reach the stars.
^^ For extra luck in life/love/career/health/wealth. Name your “problem” there’s something to “fix” it.
^^ Latest plastic decor trend in Singapore. Pretty cute, eh? Especially the rainbow touch. I’d get one and put it on my cubicle if I was still working there.
^^ This candy’s my cousin’s favorite. She said she could only get it in Chinatown during Chinese New Year, so I got her and myself one each.
^^ Bamboo tree, mandarin orange, the number 8 and pineapple are good luck symbols. 2 for $6 was a cheap bargain to bring a good luck into your life. Don’t you agree?
^^ Any celebration in Singapore is incomplete without some kuih, aka local biscuits, in transparent jars.
^^ All types of people participated in the Lunar New Year celebration in Chinatown, but not everyone was thrilled to be photographed by a random girl, like the death stare guy above.
^^ An interesting sight since firecrackers’ practically banned in Singapore.
^^ Prayer flowers, I assumed. Unless they changed the tradition and forgot to inform me.
^^ Prayer candies. No, not really. These candies were to be shared with the loved ones as a symbol of sharing all the sweet (good) things in life.
You know what I love the most about Chinatown during Lunar New Year? All the shiny trinkets.
The Chinatown main street path, the ground zero, was fully decorated to resemble a well lit forest. Filled with happy looking monkeys and peaches (another symbol of good luck). The whole thing was really cute, attracting thousands of people, to the street.
My first celebration of Chinese New Year in Singapore went auspiciously. Well done, Lion City! Till we meet again next time! Maybe for the next Lunar New Year?
Do you celebrate Lunar New Year? Have you ever celebrated Chinese New Year in Singapore? What did you do for this year’s celebration? I also want to wish you another round of 2016 filled with happiness and blessings.
Read More: The time I celebrated Chinese New Year in Beijing // The time I scored Indonesia’s 2007 Chinese New Year stamp in Singapore – I am now looking for the 2016 Monkey one 🙂 // The time I celebrated Lunar New Year Eve’s Eve along River Hongbao Singapore.