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Majestic tigers light up Chinatown for Chinese New Year

The much-anticipated Chinese New Year Street light-up in Singapore’s Chinatown will take place from 7 January 2022 to 2 March 2022.

The theme of this year’s celebrations is “Usher in a Roaring New Year”, as people welcome the Year of the Tiger.

The celebrations will kickstart with a virtual ceremony that will take place on the Chinatown Festivals’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/chinatown.festivals/) at 7pm on 7 January.

The virtual event will also feature messages and greetings from the President of Singapore, Madam Halimah Yacob, and the Adviser to Jalan Besar GRC Grassroots Organisations, Minister for Communications and Information and Second Minister for Home Affairs, Mrs Josephine Teo.

The event is organised by the Chinatown Festivals Organising Committee and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board.

The Street Light-Up concept was designed in collaboration with students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

The design features the powerful Bengal tigers, with the largest of the artworks being as massive as 4.5m in length and almost 5m in height.

Spanning 880 metres along Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road, there will be over 300 lantern pieces in total, featuring more than 60 tigers which were all crafted by experienced craftsmen.

Members of the public will be able to observe these majestic tigers in a myriad of different stances, as they leap, crouch and walk, demonstrating their energetic dynamism.

The highlight of this year’s lantern display is a 10.5-metre-tall tiger family, with tiger cubs holding on to the ingots and gold coins that depicts the art of keeping fortune for better days.

A collaboration with Temenggong Artists-in-Residence and the World Wide Fund for Nature (Singapore) will see tiger sculptures being displayed at the Kreta Ayer Square to raise awareness on tiger conservation.

The iconic “Chinatown Wishing Tree”, located at Chinatown Point, will also be available for the public, They can purchase a card for $2 and write their wishes, before displaying them on the tree.

All donations received through this campaign will go to the less-privileged residents of Kreta Ayer–Kim Seng Community.

There will also be several interesting and exciting online activities suitable for the young and old to enjoy and to bond while learning more about the traditions and culture of Chinese New Year.

The online activities include a live streaming of a Getai performance, a step-by-step Tiger Origami tutorial, a love letter baking video and a video where viewers can learn to make the iconic Chinese New Year dish Pen Cai, presented by a local experienced chef.

Visitors to Chinatown can also visit the Shopee booths along Smith Street, where one can buy sample size Chinese New Year goodies at the designated vending machines.

Participants will also stand a chance to win exclusive deals and lucky draw prizes on site.

This collaboration with e-commerce platform Shopee marks the second year of the partnership with the Chinatown Festivals Organising Committee.

Event Highlights for Chinatown Chinese New Year 2022

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2022 Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony
7 Jan 2022, 7pm–8pm
Chinatown Festival Facebook Page

The virtual event will be streamed live at 7pm on Chinatown Festivals’ official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chinatown.festivals) featuring the official opening ceremony and Chinese New Year performances.

Street Light-Up
7 Jan – 2 March 2022, 7pm- midnight (Daily)
Along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road

This year’s Street Light-Up will feature sculpted lanterns of 10.5metre tall-Tiger family as the centre piece, spanning 880m with more than 300 lanterns along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street.

World Wide Fund for Nature (Singapore) and Temenggong Tigers Sculptures Display
7 Jan – 26 Jan 2022, All Day
Kreta Ayer Square

A collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (Singapore)) and Temenggong Artists in Residence, there will be 12 tiger sculptures displayed at Kreta Ayer Square to raise awareness about tiger conservation.

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations Getai
13 Jan 2022, 8pm–10pm
Chinatown Festival Facebook Page

For the first time, the Organising Committee is featuring Singapore’s favourite Getai online to provide festive cheer.

Online Chinese New Year Activities
16 Jan, 22 Jan, 31 Jan, 5 Feb 2022, Various Timing
Chinatown Festival Facebook Page

Catch a series of interesting Chinese New Year videos at the Chinatown Festivals Facebook to enrich your culinary and handicraft skills.

* Bak Kwa – Gourmet Platter
Date: 16 January 2022
Learn new recipe of using bak kwa to add on to all kind of dishes and engage the senses through Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

* Love Letters Baking
Date: 22 January 2022
Learn to bake crispy love letter for your loved ones and satisfy their sweet appetite.

* Tiger Origami
Date: 31 January 2022
Planning to decorate your home for the Chinese New Year? Learn to make tiger origami with angbao and display your creativity.

* Pen Cai
Date: 5 February 2022
A reputable chef from Chinatown Complex Hawker Centre will do a cooking demonstration on how to prepare a good ‘pen cai’ for family and friends.

Chinatown Wishing Tree
7 Jan – 15 Feb 2022, 10am–10pm
Chinatown Point Atrium

Visitors can write wishes on the “Make a Wish” card and hang them on the wishing tree.
Public may donate minimum $2 or more for each wishing card. All proceeds will go to Kreta Ayer–Kim Seng Community Development Welfare

Fund that will be used to organise community programmes to help the needy elderly and low- income families.

More details can be found at:
Chinatown Festivals website: https://chinatownfestivals.sg/
Chinatown Festivals Facebook page: www.facebook.com/chinatown.festivals
Chinatown Festivals Instagram page: www.instagram.com/chinatown_festivals/

For more information on these activities, members of the public can call the Kreta Ayer Community Club at 6222 3597 or email [email protected].

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