The Chinese New Year is regarded by Chinese around the world as an auspicious time to celebrate the beginning of spring with festivities and celebrations. This year, the Chinese New Year falls on 23 – 24 January (Monday and Tuesday), ensuring a long weekend for all.
This year, the Chinese ushers in the auspicious Water Dragon. For the Chinese the dragon is a highly revered mythical beast that is admired for its uniqueness, beauty and auspicious powers.
Occupying the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon is the mightiest of the signs. The Dragon has traditionally been the most formidable and looked forward to sign in the cycle. Parents time their children’s births to fall within this cycle, as those born in the Dragon year are believed to …
Characteristics of the Water Dragon
Some of the characteristics exhibited by those born in the year of the Dragon are bravery, confidence, passionate, enterprising, innovative, tactlessness, quick-tempered and free-spiritedness. The last Water Dragon occurred in 1952.
Water has a calming effect on the Dragon’s fearless temperament. Water allows the Dragon to re-direct its enthusiasm, and makes him/her more perceptive of others. These Dragons are better equipped to take a step back to re-evaluate a situation because they understand the art of patience and do not desire the spotlight like other Dragons. Therefore, they make smart decisions and are able to see eye-to-eye with other people. However, their actions or decisions may be wrong if they do not do sufficient research or if they do not follow through in their plans.
Celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Singapore
Here are some of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore!
City Square Mall – Singapore’s first eco-mall continues to reach out to families to promote the importance of water conservation. On Saturdays and Sundays, learn about recycling and create eco-friendly Chinese New Year dragon craft at the Eco-friendly Dragon Workshop (2pm and 4pm). Then, stay on to catch the “Search of the Water Dragon Performance” at 7pm (Level 1 Atrium). And if you are lucky, you may be blessed by the roving Fu Lu Shou – the three deities of Good Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity (3pm and 5pm).
Shoppers who spend $28 or more at the mall on 15 January will be able to receive a limited edition Radio 100.3 Chinese New Year CD Single performed by the station’s radio DJs. Get your copy signed by these DJs between 12pm – 2pm on that day.
Marina Square Mall - Celebrate the Floral Splendour at Central Atrium of the mall and be enthralled by the visual treat of graceful sand art demonstration by Zhang Ying at 6pm (13-15, 19-21 Jan) and 7pm (13 – 21Jan); demonstrations by Kungfu Tea Pouring master at 4pm (13 – 21 except 18 Jan) and 2pm (21 Jan) and the enchanting tunes of a 3-piece Chinese Orchestra at 1:30pm (13,16-20 Jan).
Catch the God of Fortune on 6, 7, 8, 14, 15 & 21 Jan and be showered with festive vouchers and freebies.
Chinatown - Chinatown celebrates the Chinese New Year season with festive displays, light projections, and street bazaars. Enjoy evening performances and Chinese lion dances at Kreta Ayer Square. Catch the fireworks show and live firecrackers alone Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road on 3, 25 January and 7 February.
Frasers Centrepoint Malls – If you like the exciting spectacle of the Dragon and Lion Dance, catch them at these malls from 13 – 29 January.
- The Centrepoint - 18 – 21 Jan: 1pm & 7pm
- Causeway Point - 28 Jan: 4pm; 29 Jan: 2pm
- Compass Point - 19 – 21 Jan: 1pm & 8pm; 25 Jan: 8pm; 26 Jan: 11.30am; 27 – 29 Jan: 8pm
- Northpoint - 13 & 14 Jan: 1pm & 7pm; 15 Jan: 1pm, 4pm & 7pm
- Changi City Point - 18 – 20 Jan: 1pm & 7pm; 25 Jan: 1pm & 7pm
- Bedok Point - 29 Jan: 6pm
- YewTee Point - 20 Jan: 6pm; 28 Jan: 12pm & 6pm; 29 Jan: 12pm
- Anchor Point - 29 Jan: 4pm
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