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The Lunar New Year is just around the corner. It is a vibrant celebration across Asia. In Singapore we will have 2 days of public holidays on the 8th & 9th February 2016.

Usher in the Chinese New Year by celebrating it with style:

1. The 30th Anniversary of River Hongbao
The Float@Marina Bay 6-14 February 2016. Free Entry.

This is the best of the festive lights. It has more than 60 dazzling lantern displays including the largest mural lantern display, "Journey to the West", handcrafted by lantern masters, the God of Wealth, the Twelve Zodiacs, and fireworks and pyrotechnics shows at 9pm every night except on 7 February.

Do not miss performances by troupes from China, Taiwan and Singapore on nightly basis.

Kids could enjoy one of 25 rides and stalls in the amusement park.
Traditional arts and crafts are on display too.

Feeling hungry? Check out local and international delicacies sold at the stalls.

2. Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2016

This year theme is "Year of Prosperity & Success", local residents and tourists are welcomed to snap pictures as the streets in Chinatown are decorated for the Festive Street Light-Up.

Street Light Up

Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge 16 January to 18 March 2016 7pm to 12 midnight (Sun-Thu), 7pm to 2am (Fri-Sat), 7pm to 6am (7-8 February 2016). Free Entry.

Goodies are sold at the bustling Festive Street Bazaar and Carnival (Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge until 7 February 10.30pm).

Cultural shows are held nightly at Kreta Ayer Square (Until 7 February 8pm to 10.30pm).

Do try sumptuous Chinese food at the restaurants and food court there.

The countdown party will be held on 7th February 2016 at 9.30pm to 12.30am at New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Culture, Art, Festival, History, Asia

3. Gardens by the Bay

Dahlia Dream Floral Display. Flower Dome, the Gardens by the Bay. 15 January to 28 February 2016 9am to 9pm.

Admission charge is applicable.

"Dahlia Dreams" is inspired by the mythical "Flowers and Fruit Mountain" the Chinese classical tale Journey to the West.
Do look out for monkey-shaped topiaries as you stroll through a stunning landscapes of floral display of 2016 that is infused with elements of Chinese arts and culture against the backdrop of a 7-meter-tall mountain.

Guided tours will be conducted daily at 11am and 3pm (On 13 & 14 February 2016 it will be 1pm to 6pm)

Try your hand at traditional craft activities of spring and bring your creations home (10 to 21 February 2016 12pm to 5pm)

There will be appearance of Monkey God in the Flower Dome 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm (12-14 & 20-21 February 2016)

Garden Rhapsody Asian Edition. Supertree Groove, the Gardens by the Bay. Free Entry. 4 January to 22 February 2016 7.45pm and 8.45pm daily (additional show 9,30pm 6-9 February 2016 only)

Get into the festive spirit with the Lunar New Year edition of the"Garden Rhapsody" light and sound show.

On 13 February 5pm catch the Lion Dance Medley.

Art, Culture, Festival, Street Parade, Ritual, Religious

4. Love in the Spring Time.

1-14 February 2016. Sentosa Island: Merlion Plaza to Beach Plaza, Palawan Beach to Siloso Point. Free Entry. Island Admission is applicable.

The highlights are Family Bliss Lantern Display depicting three generations of monkey family, Zodiacs Boards, and Flower Wall Mural.

5. Blooms of Vitality, Colours of Life

Singapore Conference Hall. Until 31 January 2016 9am to 9pm. Free Entry.

This is Singapore's first multimedia exhibition on local Chinese culture. Information and materials were provided by some 300 local agencies, clan associations, cultural organisations and individuals. The evolution of Singapore's unique Chinese cultural scene will be comprehensively presented using vivid expressions, interactive exhibits and special visual projections.

There are a series of specially-designed 'Cultural Weekends' activities, including a microfilm series by youths, topical lectures, new music creations, multicultural dances, exquisite operas fusing the classical and contemporary aesthetics, and more.

We wish you a prosperous new year to the readers who are celebrating the Lunar New Year.

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