Chinese Year celebrations in Singapore would seem a little different this year since the measures to control the spread of the pandemic are still active. But people can make their holidays joyful just like the previous years by taking the necessary safety precautions while celebrating. Some large-scale festival activities might not be there this year since many such celebrations have moved into digital platforms. Still, there are a lot of things one can do to celebrate Chinese New Year 2021 in Singapore.
It is always good to know common customs to follow as you prepare for the festive season.In addition to that, you can also look at ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year this year amidst the pandemic.
Learn Floral Arrangements
The Lunar New Year season is when most people clean up and decorate their homes with bright and cheery flowers. You can create floral centrepieces and place them at your home in addition to getting more plants from nurseries. Attending floral jamming sessions can be a great way to get better ideas to do it. People also learn to make ornamental plant displays, most of them created with moss balls, and such a ball of soil is known as kokedama.
Bake Goodies for the Season
Another great way to start the Lunar New Year season is by trying your hands at baking goodies for yourself and your guests. It is always good to stock up cookies and cakes just before the season sets in; you can also gift baked-goodies during visits to your friends and family. Some of the most popular delicacies are coconut almond rice (nian gao), pineapple buns (bolo bao), barbeque pork buns (char siew bao) and sweet egg tarts (dan tan).
Go Shopping at Singapore’s Chinatown
Chinatown in Singapore is always a bustling place, and the festive bazaars at this place have unmatchable energy during the Lunar year. There are several heritage sites for everyone to explore, and you can witness dances by dragon dancers. People usually come to this place to buy hong bao - the red packets people give to their loved ones during the Chinese New Year. It is also a perfect place to get all other festive items - the only thing is that you might need to bargain hard to buy things at reasonable prices from vendors.
Chinese people believe that paying a visit to Buddhist temples during the Chinese New Year is a way to pay respect to Buddha. People go to temples like Thian Hock Keng Temple located at Singapore’s Chinatown to seek blessings from monks. Believers also visit one of the oldest Chinese houses of worship - Temple of Heavenly Bliss. This temple is popularly known for hosting several festivities in February for the Chinese New Year. Another well-known attraction is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, an all-in-one place - a temple, reference library, tea house, and museum. Its dining hall provides free meals for visitors.
Going to the River Hongbao
Singaporeans usually gather at the River Hongbao to celebrate Lunar New Year from the year 1987. The festival at this place lasts for almost nine days, and you can find so many vendors who sell different kinds of handicrafts and food. You can also witness nightly performances with traditional clothes, songs, and dances. Lantern displays are one of the main highlights of this place, and those sights are incredibly beautiful.
River Hongbao is one of the best places to visit in Singapore during the Lunar New Year season, especially with children since there are more attractions there such as Tiger Mountain and Panda Playground. It is always best when you visit River Hongbao at night to capture the real beauty because all the lanterns will be glowing in the air at night.
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