Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Celebration in Singapore!

Unlike most Chinese community around the world, Singapore does not allow fire crackers or fireworks, due to some fire incident in the last few decades. But we do have the twice, I guess, yearly fireworks by our government! Hurray.

River Ang Bao, in Singapore is a yearly Chinese New Year (CNY) event held along the floating platform @ Marina. 
The Helix Bridge

CBD @ Singapore

Although a multi racial country, we also have our own taste of our own CNY celebrations. Anyway, for those who don’t know, this year is also the year of horses under the lunar calendar, so you see loads of horse ornaments and decorations around the Chinese cities. 

The lunar animals, a.k.a zodiac comprises of 12 different animals and I was borned in the year of snake. Ssssss.

So the story goes a little like that. Year, as pronounced in Mandarin is (nian) happened to be a monstrous creature in the past. So people light fire crackers and decorate their houses with the color that the monster creature fears, red. This explains why Chinese generally think that red is an auspicious color since it drives monsters (and bad luck) away.

The huge character reads 春 (chun) which means Spring.

Lion dance is a traditional way of celebrating CNY. Read more here!

Some handmade ornaments in my house for the occasion!
All handmade flowers

Handmade Pineapple (王梨 wang li symbolising the luck will come)

Handmade origami decorations

Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Holidays!

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