Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

This year’s Chinese New Year light-up in Chinatown features a record 2,668 handcrafted lanterns

Photos: Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee
Photos: Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee
15 Jan 2016

Photos: Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee

Chinese New Year celebrations are off to a swinging start as a record 2,668 handcrafted lanterns lit up the streets of Chinatown on Saturday (Jan 16) evening to usher in the Year of the Monkey. The light-up ceremony was officiated by guest-of-honour President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

Organised by Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC), the theme of this year’s light up is “Year of Prosperity & Success” and visitors can catch the parade of lanterns in the shape of monkeys, peaches, spring blossoms and gold zodiac coins along Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road.

The display, which cost S$500,000 to put together, features the highest number of customised lanterns ever made for the street light-up and there are even mechanical ones incorporated into the design.

In addition to the light-up, a host of other activities such as an festive street bazaar and carnival, free walking trials, nightly stage shows and international lion dance competition will be held in the lead up to Chinese New Year on Feb 8.

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
15 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

For the first time, the celebrations will feature an interactive element in the form of a “Mother Tree”, a high-tech tree designed by students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Located on the Garden Bridge above Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road, visitors can transform the pink tree into a golden one by posting photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #CNY2016SG. The tree will display an 18-second long light show of gold spotlights for every 18 posts with the hashtag.

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
15 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

Another first is the Harmony Night which brings 11 Chinese clan associations, religious groups and voluntary welfare organisations together to co-organise the event for 500 underprivileged residents of Jalan Besar GRC and Potong Pasir. Each participating group will showcase performances in celebration of different cultures, religions and dialect groups in Singapore.

The festive lights and decor will remain until Mar 8 after which the monkey lanterns will be up for adoption. Click on for more photos on the light-up in Chinatown.
 

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
16 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

Guest of Honour President Tony Tan (centre) officiates the light-up ceremony.

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
16 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown kick off in style with firecrackers and a three-minute fireworks display.

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
16 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

Mediacorp stars Seraph Sun, Jeffrey Xu and Shane Pow pose for photos with Sun Wukong and company.

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
15 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

This year's decorations were designed by a team of six final-year students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). They drew inspiration from large garden spaces of the existing People’s Park as well as the peach garden in Journey To The West.

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
15 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

This year's light-up features a record 2,668 lanterns, including 406 monkey lanterns, 466 peach lanterns and 1,000 zodiac coins, seven 6-metre tall peach trees and a 12-metre tall peach tree as the centrepiece. Pictured above are the decorations along South Bridge Road.

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
15 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

48 master craftsmen from China took about two months to produce lanterns.

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
15 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

The centrepiece of this year’s display, a 12-metre tall peach lantern with 3D monkeys hanging off of it, greets visitors to Chinatown. It can be found at the intersection of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street. 

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
15 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

1,000 zodiac coin lanterns hang overhead along Eu Tong Sen Street.

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
15 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

The monkey lanterns will be up for adoption after the light-up.

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
15 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
15 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

The "Mother Tree" transforms from pink to gold when photos and videos with the hashtag #CNY2016SG. The tree will display an 18-second long light show of gold spotlights for every 18 posts with the hashtag.

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
16 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

Visitors can enjoy song and dance performances at Kreta Ayer Square daily from 8pm to 10.30pm.

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start
16 Jan 2016

Chinese New Year celebrations get off to a swinging start

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