Monthly Archives: January 2009

Singapore Chinese New Year Celebrations 2009: Chinatown Chinese New Year Light Up 2009

What is Chinese New Year in Singapore without a trip down to Chinatown?

The Chinese New Year action at Chinatown opened with a big bang (literally in the form of firecrackers and fireworks as well as figuratively) yesterday night with a mega celebration which marked the official light up of Chinatown for the coming Chinese New Year.

There was a host of stage performances and singing gigs by local and Chinese artisties and not forgetting the enduring features of the lion and dragon dances. The show was a lengthy one, stretching from 7pm to 9:15pm and it was also a draggy one as the spectators were just too eager to catch the finale: the bursting of the firecrackers! (a phenomenon that can only occur during the Chinese New Year period in Singapore).

 

Singapore Festivals and Fairs Calendar

Singapore Festivals & Fairs

January

Thai Poosam, Thai Pusam

Normally Thaipusam falls in the Tamil month of Thai. It is celebrated with a procession from Serangoon Road.to Tank Road.  On this special day, Hindu devotees seek forgiveness, fulfill vow or offer thanks to the deity Lord Murugan, a representative of virtue, youth and power to Hindus. The procession starts at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Serangoon Road and ends in the Sri Thandayuthapani Temple in Tank Road. Some make their journey carrying a simple kavadi of a garlanded arch across their shoulders, while others bore an elaborate tower of peacock feathers, with spikes skewered on their bodies.