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Vibrant Lunar New Year Celebration in Singapore 2024


Chinese New Year Lanterns Decoration (Credit Bellamy’s Organic)
Chinese New Year Lanterns Decoration (Credit Bellamy’s Organic)

Step into the lively tapestry of Singapore as it decks itself in vibrant hues and joyous festivities to welcome the Year of the Wood Dragon in the Chinese lunar calendar. As one of the grandest celebrations in Asia, the Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, is a spectacle of traditions, family gatherings, and cultural richness. If you find yourself in Singapore during this auspicious time, get ready to immerse yourself in the warmth of traditions, delectable feasts, and mesmerizing events that define this joyous occasion.


When is the Lunar New Year in 2024?

Get ready to usher in the Year of the Dragon! The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is just around the corner, and Singapore is gearing up for a vibrant celebration. Falling at the beginning of the spring season in the northern hemisphere, this festive occasion marks the first day of the year on the Chinese lunar calendar. In 2024, get your red and gold decorations ready as the Lunar New Year festivities will take place from Saturday, February 10, to Monday, February 12. 


The celebrations are not just a one-day affair; they extend over two to three days, bringing a burst of color, joy, and tradition. It's a time for families to come together, enjoy sumptuous feasts, and partake in various cultural activities. So, mark your calendars and join in the revelry as Singapore embraces the rich traditions and auspicious beginnings of the Chinese New Year on February 10, 2024. Don't forget, February 12, 2024, will be a public holiday, giving everyone a chance to fully immerse themselves in the festive spirit!


The Lunar New Year in 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon. This particular zodiac year is associated with energy, prosperity, and the pursuit of ambitious goals. People born in the Year of the Dragon are believed to possess strong characteristics of courage, intelligence, and determination.


Year of Dragon 2024  (Credit Insight Guides)
Year of Dragon 2024  (Credit Insight Guides)

How to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Singapore?

Chinatown Extravaganza

Kickstart your Lunar New Year celebration by venturing into the heart of Chinatown, where the festivities come alive with vibrant colors, intricate decorations, and the irresistible aroma of traditional delicacies. The Chinatown bazaar is a treasure trove of Lunar New Year goodies, from auspicious decorations to tantalizing treats.

Chinatown New Year Celebration  (Credit CNA)
Chinatown New Year Celebration  (Credit CNA)

Chinese New Year Light-Up

Witness the city transform into a dazzling spectacle as the Chinese New Year Light-Up illuminates the streets of Chinatown. Adorned with stunning lanterns, intricate decorations, and symbolic displays, this enchanting experience captures the spirit of the festival and provides the perfect backdrop for memorable photos. Year of the Dragon-themed light decorations will be displayed on street along New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road, Upper Cross Street and Eu Tong Sen Street.

Chinatown Streets Lightup 2022 (Credit Trevallog) 
Chinatown Streets Lightup 2022 (Credit Trevallog) 

Chingay Parade

Join the Chingay Parade, a grand procession that epitomizes the multicultural tapestry of Singapore. Marvel at the vibrant floats, cultural performances, and dazzling fireworks that light up the night sky. This annual parade is a visual feast that celebrates the diversity and unity of the Singaporean community.


Date: 23 & 24 February 2024 | 8pm

Place: F1 Pit, Marina Bay Street Circuit, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975

Price: Chingay Parade tickets from $20 to $60. PAssion Card Members enjoy a 20% discount. Get tickets here!


Chingay Parade 2023 (Credit Singapore Tourism Board)
Chingay Parade 2023 (Credit Singapore Tourism Board)

Visit Temples

Immerse yourself in the cultural and spiritual aspects of the Lunar New Year by visiting temples. Thian Hock Keng Temple, the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple are among the most revered. Take part in prayer sessions, witness traditional rituals, and soak in the serene atmosphere.

Thian Hock Keng Temple (Credit Chinatown Singapore)
Thian Hock Keng Temple (Credit Chinatown Singapore)

Rhapsodies of Spring 2024 Concert

Dive into the enchanting melodies of the Rhapsodies of Spring 2024 Concert, celebrating the Year of the Dragon in style. The Singapore Chinese Orchestra promises captivating performances with a fresh twist, incorporating new musical elements. Hosted by lively CAPITAL958 DJs, the concert features an eclectic lineup, including Drum Feng and Taman Jurong CC Juboon Dragon & Lion Dance Troupe. Don't miss this opportunity to add a symphonic touch to your Lunar New Year festivities!


Date: 26 & 27 January 2024, 7:30pm

Place: Singapore Chinese Orchestra Concert Hall, 7 Shenton Way, Singapore 068810

Price: $20 – $80. Get tickets here.


Rhapsodies of Spring 2024 Concert (Credit Klook)
Rhapsodies of Spring 2024 Concert (Credit Klook)

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2024

Dive into the festive spirit at the Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2024, running from January 16 to February 25 at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. With vibrant drumming workshops, temple tours, and heritage trails for all ages, the best part is that admission is free, with optional ticketed activities for added excitement. Don't miss the chance to immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of this festival!

 For more details, check out the official website!


Date: 16 January– 25 February 2024, 10am – 7pm

Place: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall


Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2024  (Credit Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall)
Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2024  (Credit Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall)

Lion Dance & LEGO Longevity Dragon at Suntec City

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at Suntec City Mall with family-friendly Chinese New Year events. Engage in a quest for wisdom with the kids, enjoy fun games to redeem LEGO builds, and capture Insta-worthy moments with a 6-meter long dragon. Keep an eye out for hidden gold coins for a chance to win LEGO sets! 


LEGO Dragon and Lion Dance Performance

Date: 20 & 27 January and 3 February 2024, 2:30pm – 2:40pm

Place: Suntec City Atrium, Tower 1 & 2, 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983

Price: Free


LEGO Mascot Appearance

Date: 17 & 18 February and 24 & 25 February 2024, 2pm – 5:30pm

Place: entrance near Promenade MRT (2pm – 2:30pm), Walkway along Golden Village on L3 (3pm – 3:30pm), Atrium Tower 1 & 2 (4pm – 4:30pm) and Entrance near Esplanade MRT at L1 (5pm – 5:30pm)

Price: Free


Lion Dance & LEGO Longevity Dragon at Suntec City  (Credit Nylon Singapore)
Lion Dance & LEGO Longevity Dragon at Suntec City  (Credit Nylon Singapore)

River Hongbao

Conclude your Lunar New Year celebration at the iconic River Hongbao, a festival held at The Float @ Marina Bay. Experience a breathtaking showcase of fireworks, cultural performances, and larger-than-life lantern displays. This event attracts both locals and tourists, creating a jubilant atmosphere to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one.


River Hongbao  (Credit River Hongbao SG)
River Hongbao  (Credit River Hongbao SG)

Conclusion

As Singapore transforms into a dazzling tapestry of cultural celebrations, the Lunar New Year offers a unique opportunity to witness the city's vibrant traditions and diverse heritage. Embrace the spirit of the Year of the Wood Dragon in Singapore, where traditions seamlessly blend with modern festivities to create an unforgettable Lunar New Year experience. Gong Xi Fa Cai!


Planning a visit to Singapore during Lunar New Year period? We have a Chinatown Free Walking Tour available. Secure your spot now and make the most of your visit!


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