Sunday, January 04, 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 915pm 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).

My Dear and I found ourselves a strategic spot, right in front of the firecrackers though we did not plan for it.

There was a sea of curious, anticipating spectators all around us, many who were like us, stayed right through the 2 hour stage performances.
Official Light Up:

As the waiting continued, the sky grew darker,

and darker ....

Finally, the spectators were handsomely rewarded at the end of the show when the firecrackers were lighted up in a series of deafening explosions right in front of us! The spectators were enrapt in the spectacular sight unfolding before them. Deafened by the exploding sound, hands holding camera still greeted in response.

After the finale of the show, the spectators bade the peformers good-bye in a similarly festive spirit!

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