Wednesday 15 January 2014

Chinese New Year - Year of the Horse

On the eve of 30 January 2014, we say goodbye to the Snake and welcome the Year of the Horse.

Chinatown always comes alive during Chinese New Year. Wander down the Festive Street Bazaars and soak up the atmosphere. Don't be alarmed when stall owners shout at you to show you their wares, or shout at you to sample their product. The stalls remain open well into the night, closing at approximately 10.30pm each night until 30 January 2014.

I suggest you start at Temple Street, then wander on through Trengganu Street, Pagoda Street, Smith Street (note that half of this street is closed due to construction) and Sago Street.

Here are a few pictures that from my recent visit to Chinatown.

Temple Street, the starting point of your CNY Experience

Chinese Sausage (Lap Cheong)

Fatt Choy Pumpkins. These are not meant to be for consumption,
they are used for offerings to the Ancestors and God during prayers
The God of Wealth and the Lucky Cat

Selection of Jellies

Red topped plastic containers filled with almond cookies, pineapple tarts,
arrowhead chips, dragon cookies, love letters, etc.

Selection of peanuts, seeds and other snacks

Words that are hung either outside the front door or within the home.

Roasted Chestnuts

Horse. They Chinese Zodiac for 2014.

For more on what to see and do in Singapore during Chinese New Year, check out the Your Singapore website.

Gong Xi Fa Cai

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