SINGAPORE – The quick-witted and resourceful Rat leads the pack at Chinatown’s Chinese New Year Celebrations this year. Based on the theme Ushering in a Great Year, Chinatown will be all aglow with beautiful lanterns from 4 January to 22 February 2020.The street light-up features 200 rat lanterns dressed up in traditional Chinese costumes at Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and the Garden Bridge. Segmented into three sections of Success, Celebration and Family, the centre divider between Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road is decorated with brightly-lit and elaborate handcrafted lanterns inspired by the Chinese Zodiac. Both roads are also adorned with overhanging gold coin lanterns and festive greetings which stretch all the way to South Bridge Road.READ MORE:Top 5 tips for a more sustainable Chinese New YearChinese New Year 2020: Rats, luck and why you should avoid medicine, laundry and crying children7 Chinese New Year feasts to usher in the Year of the RatChinese New Year 2020: Our picks for the most unique yu sheng to toss2020 Chinese horoscope: Your 12 animals forecast for the Year of the RatA towering centrepiece – a 12m-tall, 8m-wide and 8m-long lantern installation – features a Golden Rat and seven other rats atop a bed of gold coins, pink peonies and a giant ingot to symbolise good luck and prosperity.For more Instagram moments, head to the Garden Bridge where visitors will be greeted by rat lanterns inspired by the Five Elements which are a part of Chinese philosophy – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. The design of this year’s Street Light-Up is a collaboration between Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee, students of Singapore University of Technology and Design, the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2020 Organising Committee, and master craftsmen from the Chinese city of Zigong in Sichuan province.
Danny Ow, a shop tenant along Pagoda Street, says people go to Chinatown nowadays “just to see” and don’t buy much. Chinatown is awash in reds, and catchy Chinese New Year tunes blare from shops lining every street. Retailers along the four streets comprising the Chinatown Street Market (Pagoda, Sago, Smith and Trengganu Streets) are seeing a dip in sales as increasing numbers of customers opt to have Chinese New Year delivered to their doorsteps, neatly boxed.
The 25-year-old winner of Miss Universe 2012 and ex-girlfriend of singer Nick Jonas (formerly of pop group The Jonas Brothers) on Thursday (4 Jan) posted photos on Instagram of herself sightseeing in Chinatown and Marina Bay Sands. Culpo, who is also a social media personality with over two million followers, walked about in a cropped turtleneck and low-cut denim jeans, showing off her impressive abs.
The season of colourful lanterns and mooncakes is here. From 23 September to 19 October, Chinatown will be adorned with over 1,000 handcrafted lanterns in light of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which takes place on 4 October.
The Rice Dumpling Tasting Festival 2017 is organised by the Chinatown Business Association to promote Chinatown’s heritage and support local food and brands. Foodies can look forward to a range of rice dumplings and kacang puteh treats at the upcoming Festivals @ Chinatown Rice Dumpling Tasting Festival on 6 May from 2pm to 5pm. Put on by the Chinatown Business Association, the event hopes to support food and brands that are made in Singapore, as well as promoting Chinatown’s heritage.