Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Chinese New Year!

The Chinese/Lunar New Year is another festival worth coming out for, esp for photoshoots. For foreign visitors to Singapore, I would think the best time to capture the festivities and mood is the week (or few days) prior to the first day of the New Year. This is the period where we are out busy preparing for the New Year, and the streets will be filled with New Year goodies and merchandise. The main area where the mood is most prevalent would be Chinatown.

The lanes in Chinatown will come alive in the evening, where the makeshift stalls will be setup, and families will throng the streets.
Besides shopping, there will also be traditional performances as well. These are favourites for old and young alike (Though for the opera shows, the older folks will appreciate more).

This year, Chinatown has an additional "attraction" : the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. The temple has its fair share of news about its relic in its premises but I will not comment further on that. However, its architecture, and its decor and light up during the Chinese New Year period is worth checking out. Once into the New Year though, locals will be visiting relatives and friends, so tourists will find the streets quieter (especially the first day), unless you have a local friend to visit. In any case, here wishing all readers a Happy Lunar New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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