Published On: January 20, 2021- Last Updated: February 18, 2024- 4 min read-

Chinese New Year Singapore

There is no better feeling than a much-needed occasion to celebrate something so beautiful and immensely rich in culture. In this Year of the Metal Ox, we hope that everyone has the time to celebrate Lunar New Year with reunion dinners, new outfits, planned activities while sharing laughter and love with one another this Chinese New Year in Singapore.

Despite the subdued celebrations and social distancing measures still in place, it does not mean that the Spring Festival should be cancelled or can’t be spent joyfully unlike last year. On the contrary, there’s actually plenty for you to experience and celebrate this Chinese New Year 2021. It’s something we all need after an unexpected year of struggles and pain.

Without further ado, here’s a roundup of activity ideas and places to go for light displays, cultural performances, lion dances, exciting workshops, and so much more across the island.

Dahlia Dreams @ Gardens by the Bay

Back in some good fortune and witness gorgeous blooms at the flower dome when you visit Gardens by the Bay. The place is displayed with beautiful flowers featuring 1,400 dahlias of mixed varieties all displaying alongside auspicious elements and symbols.

It is the very first-time that flowers are grown in-house. Expect beautiful florals like azaleas, chrysanthemums, cymbidiums, and more.

Chinese New Year Singapore 2021

Image source: Gardens by the Bay

Availability: 15 Jan – 21 Feb 2021
Location: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Price: $10 onwards (price varies for others)

River Hongbao

Although there are no new announcements in regards to the River Hongbao, it is a still a place worth mentioning. Every year, this event holds stunning displays of fireworks, interactive exhibits, and beautifully lit lanterns.

The whole view is immersed in Chinese cultural experience that leaves a feast in your eyes and senses. It’s worth a lookout!

Availability: Unknown
Location: NS Square (The Marina Bay floating platform)
Price: Free

Moo Moo Park

Featuring Asia’s first drive-through exhibition, you can plan the day out to witness the collaborative effort between eight local artists and the MeshMinds Foundation. Their art pieces are displayed and turn into 3D installation art, selfie filters, and augmented reality purals.

In dedication to the Year of the Ox, the artwork focuses on the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as Goal 13, Climate Action and Goal 15, and Life on Land. During the event, you can either walk or drive with electric vehicles, bearing in mind for the social distancing practices.

Availability: 22 Jan – 28 March 2021
Location: Level 6 Carpark, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906
Price: From $5

The First Digital Chingay Parade

There is no other event that could instill the essence of Singapore’s unique multicultural personality other than the Chingay Parade. As the event is normally held annually, it does not stop them from marvelling Singapore’s audience with their talent and creativity. Hence, this time they are taking their show digitally.

Keep your eyes peeled for spectacular performances like dancing dragons, stilts walkers, and more, which include CGI and involve local and international troupes. As thrilling as it sounds, you can look forward at the showcases in a new, digital perspective.

Image source: Chingay

Availability: 20 Feb from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Online
Price: Free

Chinatown’s Virtual Festive Bazaar 2021

Though it may not feel the same being cooped up indoors, you can bring the festival to you as the annual Chinese New Year festive bazaar will officially take place live online on the Chinatown Festivals Facebook page. The light-up ceremony will consist of various performances such as lion dances, cultural, and acrobatic performances.

Moreover, there will be tons of activities, giveaways, short film screenings, and festive baking workshops that you can look out for. All of these festive activities will take place on a virtual platform like Chinatown Festivals’ social media pages and website. The live stream is worth the buzz!

Availability: 23 Jan – 12 March 2021
Location: Online
Price: Free

Reunion Dinners at Singapore Restaurants

This is equally important to traditional Chinese customs and culture. Book a time and place to have reunion dinners with family and loved ones at restaurants in Singapore. As tradition goes, most family will order a Yee Sang dish and toss their food as high as they possibly can, while proudly reciting words such as “nian nian you yu” (always have more than enough) or “hong yun dang tou” (may good fortune be upon you) and more.

It’s one way to spend time with family and spoil yourself to some good food and good times.

We hope that you’ve gained something from the CNY to-do list. While the celebration for this year is a little less buzzed, we hope that you will find the innovative means in meeting up with friends and family, capturing a much-needed festive spirit on Chinese New Year. And remember to stay safe and abide the social guidelines.

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