Happy Chinese New Year! As you can imagine, Singapore has been in full celebration mode and will be for a little while longer. Unlike Gregorian calendar New Year celebrations, which typically take place over the final day of the previous year (December 31) and the first day of the new year (January 1), the celebration of the Lunar Calendar New Year extends over several days and is a major holiday throughout the region.
This is my first real exposure to Chinese New Year and I was excited to visit Chinatown during the festivities. The key word to describe this visit was abundance. There was an abundance of candies, nuts, seeds, fruits (especially Mandarin Oranges and Pomelos), pussy willow branches and red and gold trinkets overflowing from the different merchants. There was also an abundance of people (seriously- taking these photos was near impossible, I was bumped so many times!) –tourists and locals alike vying for grilled squid, fresh coconuts, and other bites as they made their way up and down the congested streets.
I loved the energy of the night – all the bright colors and sounds- and to think, these photos were shot the evening before New Year’s Eve!