Chinese New Year, 2012
Chinese New Year, the most important festival in the Chinese calendar is just round the corner and Singapore Chinatown has been transformed into a big New Year market full of festive ambience.
Dragons, dragons every where
This year’s decorations revolved around the theme of the dragon since the coming year is the year of the water dragon. The most striking feature is the red dragon gracefully drifting along the main road of Singapore Chinatown.
The impressive dragon is best viewed from afar and that sets photographers searching for the most vantage locations to capture the best shots of this dragon.
Meanwhile, the buildings around this red dragon are also decorated with dragons in various forms creating a street full of dragons.
Colors, colors everywhere
With the streets lighted and with a large impressive dragon, crowds began turning up for their New Year shopping.
Singapore Chinatown is transformed at night when the lights are out and the crows appear almost reminiscent of the old night market in Singapore Chinatown during the good old days.
At one of the busiest cross roads, a pair of giant balloon God of Wealth glances down as shoppers doing their New Year marketing.
In this new year night market, everything required for the Chinese New Year are there; Red packets, New Year cards, Nian Gao, flowers, candies, jellies, preserved meats, bakkwa,…….
The stores with their New Year specialty goods splash the night market with colors adding to the festive ambience.
The highlight of this night market will be the early hours of the New Year when families come after the reunion dinner to buy all the New Year goodies at sharply discounted prices.
But until then, families come to do their New Year shopping, tourists visit to soak up the Chinese New Year atmosphere and photographers vie with each other to produce the most stunning picture.