For anyone thinking about visiting Singapore, there are some dazzling annual events that should simply not be missed. While events such as New Year’s Eve are certainly up there on the list, the is extra special for locals and visitors alike. Why? Because it only happens in Singapore.
So, what is the Chingay Parade exactly?
Encapsulating the vibrant multicultural spirit that makes Singapore so special, the Chingay Parade is a must-see event held during the Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore’s vibrant hub. With its unique multicultural personality, Singapore shows the world its glittering character in this, the largest street performance and float parade in Asia.
A Little Bit of History
Celebrating its inaugural event in 1973, the Chingay Parade has become a larger-than-life tradition in Singapore over the past 40 or so years. But why was it created in the first place? In the early 1970s, Singapore placed a ban on firecrackers. Unfortunately, this put an end to a significant practice within Chinese New Year celebrations, which involved setting off firecrackers to drive away evil spirits.
Packed with noise and colour and exuberant celebrations, the Chingay Parade was created to compensate for that ban, working to drive away evil spirits and usher in the Chinese New Year. Over the years, the Chingay Parade became more and more multicultural, bringing Singapore’s many cultures into the fold.
So much so, that the street parade has now become a national festival, celebrated by Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians alike. This is a place where there are no barriers. Age, race and religion are set aside, allowing all Chingay Parade revellers to celebrate as one.
The word Chingay is equivalent to the Mandarin zhuang yi, which translates as ‘the art of costume and masquerade’ in the Hokkien dialect. At the Chingay Parade, this art of costume and masquerade comes to life, as dancing dragons and prancing lions, colourful floats and performers descend on Singapore’s streets to create an event that is never to be forgotten.
Finding the right place to stay for the Chinese New Year weekend and Chingay Parade is essential for anyone who wants to celebrate in style. With its exceptional location in the heart of the financial and arts districts, The Fullerton Hotel provides the perfect place for Chinese New Year revellers to rest their head.
Situated within the glorious Fullerton Building, The Fullerton Hotel pays heed to Singapore’s fascinating past, providing a cultural destination for visitors to Singapore. Luxuriously refined, The Fullerton Hotel features incomparable service and a delightful range of amenities, including
stylishly elegant restaurants and bars, an indulgent spa and one of Singapore’s most picturesque infinity pools.
Come to Singapore to revel in the magnificent celebrations surrounding the Lunar New Year and stay in The Fullerton Hotel to discover an incomparable escape. There’s no better combination!