Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Singapore River Hongbao 2009

My Dear and I visited the River Hongbao 2009 carnival held at the Marina floating platform (for the first time) yesterday night. Upon our arrival, we were mesmerized by the scores of red lanterns suspended at the grand entrance. The sight was simply awesome and I could easily discern that the River HongBao carnival this year might be the best ever organized though the budget for the event has shrank from the usual $1.5 million to the current $1.4 million in view of the economic recession. The location at the Marina floating platform gave a magical feel to the carnival due to the confluence of the bright colors, the bustling crowd and the splendid scenery of the Singapore River.

All lanterns which were exhibited in the carnival were quite novice, unlike those I have seen in the past River HongBao carnivals. Particularly, I loved the life-sized lanterns of the Chinese warriors, cannons, carts, horse depicting the figurines used in Chinese Chess. It was so unique to me!

There were of course stage performances and food stalls selling a host of different Chinese delicacies. River HongBao 2009 is an event families, couples and friends must visit during the Chinese New Year!

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