Goats and gold coins take centrestage at Chinatown light-up

Chinatown came to life as 338 goat-shaped lanterns and 1,500 gold coin lanterns lit up the precinct on Jan 31 to usher in the Year of the Goat. 

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

Photo: Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee

Chinatown came to life as 338 goat-shaped lanterns and 1,500 gold coin lanterns lit up the precinct on Saturday (Jan 31) evening to usher in the Year of the Goat.

The light-up ceremony was officiated by guest-of-honour Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Themed “Abundance of Joy & Prosperity”, this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations will also see a SG50 theme strongly interwoven. 

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

Organised by Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC), the display not only features the largest number of zodiac lanterns to date, it is also the first time that a motorised lantern display is incorporated into the design.

Twenty-right mechanised goat lanterns mimicking the different movements of the animal, from grazing to sky-gazing, are placed along the centre divider between New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street, while the centrepiece of this year’s light-up, a 10-metre high structure featuring three goats perched atop a mountain, can be found at the intersection of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street. 

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

Apart from the lanterns, this year’s light-up, which is part of the Hua Qing Spring Festival celebrations, also featured performances by 500 performers - the largest number to date - from Singapore and China troupes.

The performances, which are meant to “evoke treasured memories of past Chinese New Year Celebrations” from the 1950s to the present-day, include a specially-choreographed SG50 Shadow Dance and lion dance showcase.

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

Other SG50 initiatives planned by KA-KS CCC include Pioneers’ Day Out!, that will bring 1,000 pioneers on a day trip to Chinatown to view the festivities and a Chinatown CNY SG50 Photo Contest on Facebook.

There will also be nightly cultural performances at Kreta Ayer Square, festive carnival, free Chinatown walking trail, and festive street bazaar featuring some 440 stalls selling a wide range of traditional and modern Chinese New Year goodies, and festive decorations.

The festive lights and decor will remain until Mar 19 after which the goat lanterns will be up for adoption. Click on for more photos on the light-up in Chinatown. 

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

PM L:ee launches the light-up ceremony to kick off the Chinatown Chinese New Year celebrations.

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

Undergrads from the Singapore University of Technology and Design pose for a selfie with PM Lee.

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

Thirteen undergrads from the Singapore University of Technology and Design spent six months putting together the design for the Chinese New Year street light-up, which was produced by skilful craftsmen from China.

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

The display features 338 goats in 26 herds making their way down Eu Tong Sen Street, representing the spirit of gathering and home coming, and mechanical elements were incorporated into the goat installations to make them look more life-like and interactive.


Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

The goat-shaped lanterns are between 0.8m to 1.7 metres high and weigh between 20kg to 60 kg, while the three goats on the centrepiece weigh around 400kg each.

Goat and golden coins take centrestage at Chinatown light-up
Goat and golden coins take centrestage at Chinatown light-up
11 Mar 2015

Goat and golden coins take centrestage at Chinatown light-up

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

Students incorporated the design of five bats on the coin lanterns as the word 'bat' has the same pronunciation as 'prosperity' in Chinese. 

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

The festive street bazaar which features some 440 stalls selling a wide range of traditional and modern festive goodies, and decorations, is open from 6pm to 10.30pm daily, except Chinese New Year's eve when it closes at 1am.

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year
11 Mar 2015

Chinatown lights up for Chinese New Year

Make a wish and hang it on the wishing tree outside Chinatown Point. They may just come true!

Wish charms are available at S$2 each and all proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors' Activity Centre.

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