Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration 2022

2022 年牛车水农历新年庆祝活动

Usher in a Roaring New year

虎岁生威迎新态 鸿运呈祥过好年

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2022

Usher in a Roaring New Year

Join us to welcome the Year of Tiger this Chinese New Year!­

7

January

Official Street Light-up and Opening Ceremony

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration 2022 Official Street Light-up and Opening Ceremony

Social Media Platform: Noontalk Media, and Chinatown Festivals Facebook Page and YouTube channel

7 PM

Along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road

We are currently in an endemic and although some measures are more relaxed, but we are not letting down our guard. We continue to stay vigilant and put the necessary safe management measures in place to protect the public health and safety. Therefore, most of our activities will be organized virtually.

Chinese New Year is an important festival for Chinese around the world. For this year Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2022, it will be launched virtually and live-streamed on Noontalk Media, and Chinatown Festivals facebook page and YouTube channel. Do visit the said social media platform and join us at our official light-up and opening ceremony as we usher in the Year of the Tiger with good luck and prosperity. Youtube & Facebook

Street Light-Up

07 January 2022 – 02 March 2022

7:00pm – 12:00am (Daily)

Along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road

Chinatown is once again beautifully decorated with street light-up to mark the celebration of Lunar New Year. Designed by students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design, this year street light-up will feature sculptured lanterns from cub to tiger striving to achieve strength and vitality in their growing up to depict how we will stay united and emerge stronger from this Covid pandemic. Not forgetting the centrepiece between New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street that comprise a family of tigers to signify reunion, harmony and prosperity.

WWF and Temenggong Tigers Sculptures Display

7 January – 15 February 2022

All Day

Kreta Ayer Square

This year Chinatown Festival Organizing Committee is collaborating with World Wild Fund for Nature (Singapore) and Temenggong Artists in Residence. Local artists have been invited to paint different Tiger sculptures which will be displayed at various parts of Chinatown to promote the importance of global animal conservation and the environment. http://thetigersarecoming.wwf.sg/ & http://www.temenggong.sg/

Chinatown Wishing Tree

7 January – 15 February 2022

10:00am - 10:00pm

Chinatown Point Atrium

Make your Lunar New Year wishes come true at the Chinatown Wishing Tree! Write wishes for yourself and your loved ones on the “Make a Wish” card and hang them on the wishing tree. The public may donate a minimum of $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.

In the past two years, celebrations that involved bringing large groups of people together have changed for all of us. With the pandemic, it was pivotal that safe distancing and various similar precautions were practiced during any occasion that called for celebration.

Time flies, and the start of yet another new year is coming –  the Year of the Tiger. Similar to how tigers are known for their power and strength, we hope that this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations will be able to provide others with courage and spirit to emerge stronger and better in the new year. This theme recurs throughout all our designs, embedding our hopes for everyone to remain strong and courageous in these difficult/extraordinary? times.

 

This year’s Chinese New Year street decorations were put together after months of hard work by a team of 12 students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Led by Sharmayne Lim and Jonathan Leong, the team included Kong Mei Jia, Sarah Phua, Tan Jia Yue, Leon Puah, Justin Eng, Lyvia Anabelle Simano, Ng Ming Liang, Theresa Lam, Arturo Castillo and Kuan Yi Heng. Assisted by student coordinator Janelle Ho, the team was guided by Dr Zheng Kai, Faculty Fellow in the Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar.

For this year’s light-up, we referenced Bengal tigers, one of the most powerful hunters to keep congruent to our theme of strength and vitality. These tigers are known for their stripes that are unique to each individual, similar to our fingerprints. Throughout the light-up, there would be tigers in a myriad of different stances, with some leaping, crouching, or walking, to demonstrate their dynamism, a distinctive attribute of tigers that we wanted everyone to feel energized by. At the same time, there are also tigers that are resting and lying down, symbolizing the importance for people to remember to rest when they are burnt out or overwhelmed by work and life during this pandemic.

We have designed the three different segments of Eu Tong Sen Road and New Bridge Road according to the various life stages of the tiger, to allow people from different stages of life to relate to various parts of the installations.

The first segment documents a tiger’s journey of growth from a cub as it is growing up and discovering the world around it. The tiger cubs are seen to be playing around with their family as well as with fishes and butterflies in their surroundings. They are led by their parents and older ones as they traverse this new world, with peonies- and cherry blossoms-adorned trees in the background. The former symbolises prosperity and good luck, and the latter symbolizes renewal and optimism, a bid to further highlight the message of wishing everyone good fortune while starting the new year afresh. A little further along this stretch, tigers in their adolescence can be seen being more active, prancing freely and climbing trees embellished with golden leaves and red lanterns. Once again, the golden leaves and red lanterns symbolise wealth, prosperity and vitality which we hope will be bestowed upon everyone in the new year.

The second stretch depicts the tiger reaching adulthood and striving to achieve wealth and fortune, similar to how all working adults work hard every day either for their livelihood, their careers or to attain wealth. Tigers are seen leaping about bamboo clusters which symbolise strength and health. The flexibility of bamboo also symbolises one’s tenacity and adaptability, a pivotal trait for all to have especially during these trying times. In addition, there are overflowing baskets of pineapples, mandarin oranges, pomelos and heaps of golden coins and ingots scattered all over the ground, suggesting a bountiful harvest and great wealth and prosperity in the year ahead. In Chinese dialect, pineapple is an onomatopoeia for wealth coming one’s way. Moreover, the Chinese phrase “大吉大利” literally refers to mandarin oranges and figuratively connotes great luck and profit. Pomelos symbolise prosperity, good luck and even suggest family unity when presented in pairs. Stacked golden ingots also form the shape of a wave, suggesting one to ride the waves of fortune coming their way. Cherry blossom trees are once again in the backdrop, reinforcing the message of remaining positive during adversity and starting anew.

The third stretch paints a picture of tigers in celebration, setting the stage for the centrepiece. The tigers here have moved on to start their own families, emerged victorious from the various trials and tribulations of life and are at the stage to revel in the abundance of wealth they have earned and live happily ever after with their family. The tigers lie amongst copious heaps of gold coins and bushes of peonies, symbolising their success and immense prosperity. In the foreground, there are waves of water, its undulating curves representing the ups and downs of life and among them, koi fish leap in and out. The koi indicate perseverance, accomplishment and courage, that we hope will be with everyone to propel them to greater heights. Koi fish are also commonly associated with longevity due to its long history and hardy nature.

 

The centrepiece, comprising a harmonious family of tigers, lies at the end of the stretch. The father tiger is poised on top of a huge rock, a display of his strength and steadfast nature, while the nurturing mother tiger is on a lower elevation, surrounded by her three adorable cubs. The three tiger cubs are playing with each other and the golden ingots and coins. A spread of peonies around them adds to the vibrancy and festivity as well, while multi-coloured koi fish are again depicted at the foreground among waves of water, signifying prosperity and success. According to Chinese beliefs and feng shui (风水), water also implies the flow of wealth and fortune.

 

Overhangs

<Eu Tong Seng Road and New Bridge Road>

Overhangs on this stretch are decorated with a creative assortment of illuminated lanterns that comprise cineraria flowers, tiger lanterns, red packets, pairs of goldfish, gold coins, 福 signs, traditional Chinese lanterns, Chinese fans and fire crackers. Cineraria flowers, known as one of the lucky flowers for the Year of the Tiger, also symbolise delight. The rest are common motifs that signify prosperity and the welcoming of good fortune in the new year. The lanterns on each overhang are also placed at different heights to enhance visual dynamism.

<South Bridge Road>

Overhangs on this stretch consist of the typical Chinese New Year ornaments like traditional Chinese fans, pineapples, and couplets. However, one fascinating thing would be the tiger heads that grace the two columns on each side of the overhang. These tiger heads are inspired by the head of the lion during a lion dance performance, and they cleverly introduce the couplets on the two sides which illustrate corresponding auspicious Chinese phrases to the words on the fans above. The sequence of the felicitous phrases are as follows:

Adopt a Lantern

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RECYCLE. REUSE. REDECORATE.

Chinatown Festivals Organising Committee, the official organiser for both Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations and Mid-Autumn Festival, has launched the “Adopt a Lantern” campaign since 2014. For this comingChinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2022 where we celebrate the Year of the Tiger, the Organising Committee is glad to announce that all street lanterns are available for adoption.

The public may adopt one or more lanterns they like after the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration Street light-up ends on 2 March 2022. The adoption is free but the interested party will have to submit an online application and arrange their own transport and manpower to collect their adopted lanterns upon confirmation of the application by the Organiser.

Priority will be given to the community organisation, educational institution and voluntary welfare organisation. Individual who like to adopt the lanterns to decorate their house or corporationwho is interested to decorate their office or factory premises with the adopted lanterns are also welcome.

One of the main objectives for this adoption exercise is to allow the organisation, individual or corporation to share these beautiful lanterns with the people around them and continue to spread the festive cheers.

While the Organiser Recycles the lanterns, the public Reuse the lanterns to Redecorate their house and organisation premises. This is indeed a great community effort by everyone to promote recycling and being environmentally friendly.

Please be informed that only successful application will be notified.

Application Start Date: 15 February 2022

Application Closing Date:  22 February 2022

In view that there is limited quantity of lanterns, the Organiser will be reviewing the
application based on the type of organisation and the purpose for adoption.

Successful applicant will be notified by 1st week of March

Lantern Collection Date: 2nd week of March

The contractor will contact you to arrange for the collection of lanterns.
Please arrange your own transport and manpower to handle the collection.

For any enquiry, please email to adoptalantern@chinatownfestivals.sg.

Thank you.

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Directions

BY MRT

  • North-East Line – Chinatown Station (NE4)
  • Downtown Line – Chinatown Station (DT19)
  • East-West Line – Outram Park Station (EW16/NE3)

BY BUS

  • Bus stop (05022) at Eu Tong Sen Street (People’s Park Centre): 54, 124, 145, 147,147e, 166,190, 851
  • Bus stop (05039) at New Bridge Road (New Bridge Centre): 2, 12, 12e, 33, 54, 63,124, 143, 147, 147e, 190, 520, 851, 961, 961C, 970, CT8, CT18
  • Bus stop (05013) at Eu Tong Sen Street (People’s Park Complex): 2, 12, 12e, 33, 61,63, 80, 143, 197, 961,961c, 970, C T8, CT18

As we expect Chinatown to be very crowded during this festive season, public transport is highly encouraged.

BY TAXI

Chinatown is conveniently located near the central business district of Singapore. Taxi services is available from the following companies:

  • Comfort Taxi or CityCab @ 6552 1111
  • SMRT taxi @ 6555 8888
  • Trans-Cab @ 6555 3333
  • Premier Taxis @ 6363 6888
  • Smart Taxis @ 6485 7777
  • Prime Taxi @ 6778 0808

BY CAR

As we expect Chinatown to be very crowded during this festive season, public transport is highly encouraged.

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