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The Hokkien term ‘Chingay’ translates to the art of costume and masquerade which is apt for this vibrant street parade. The quintessential Singapore event is usually held during the Chinese New Year festivities. This year, it takes over the F1 Pit Building on February 15 and 16 with its usual riot of colourful costumes, live performances, dazzling floats and intricate props from all around the world.
An iconic symbol of Singapore, the massive jamboree celebrates the country’s rich multicultural and cosmopolitan cultures and has become a household name amongst the various communities since its debut in 1973. Trivia: the celebration makes up for the ban on firecrackers that was once a customary Lunar New Year practice to ward off evil spirits.
This year, Chingay delves into the theme of ‘Dreams Funtastia’ as part of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration to showcase the infinite imagination of what Singaporeans can achieve and become in the future. Come rain or shine, get your tickets to this shining, shimmering, splendid street parade at chingay.org.sg. Here’s what you can expect at this energetic bash.