Every year in Singapore begins with the Chinese New Year celebrations. However, the days may differ as per the Chinese Lunar Calendar thereby falling either in the month of January or February. During this time families generally come together for activities like steamboat dinner or giving away packets that contain some money.
River Hongbao, is another lively festival, that follows after the Chinese new year, organised on a buoyant stand at the Marina Bay that is decked with lanterns highlighting the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, along with some enjoyable activities and local performances.
Chingay Parade, is another event that highlights Singapore’s rich heritage with some eye-catching accessories and performances.
During the month of January or February, Thaipusam is also organised. This is an Indian festival, where devotees come together amongst a grand spectacle displaying their vows at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple at Serangoon Road. The event then attains closure at the Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple at Keong Saik Road.
Performances that are displayed during this festival include devotees piercing their cheeks with prongs, which sounds intimidating however an interesting performance to watch.
Why you should attend this: Perfect events to get a taste of the Singaporean culture
Who should attend this: Foreigners who are visiting Singapore