We’ve welcomed a new decade with a bang, and now it’s time to kick start a new year right—by joining in the festivities happening around town! From Chinese New Year celebrations to Singapore Art Week, January is overflowing with events and activities for you to explore with your little ones!
Here’s a look at 5 of the festivals happening in Singapore this month!
1. Pongal (Harvest Festival)
When: 15 Jan – 18 Jan 2020
Source: Indian Heritage Centre
Pongal is a traditional Indian harvest festival that falls in Thai, the tenth month in the Indian calendar. During the four-day-long festival, people discard their old possessions, make offerings to the Sun God, honor the cows for providing dairy products, fertilizer, transportation, and aid in agriculture works, and strengthen bonds between friends and family.
What: Evenings of cultural and folk performances representing the rich traditions of Pongal festival.
2. Singapore Art Week
When: 11 Jan – 19 Jan 2020
Source: National Gallery Singapore
Singapore Art Week is an annual celebration of visual arts. Taking place across multiple venues in Singapore, from museums and galleries to unconventional spaces, the nine-day long festival offers an assortment of art installations, live performances, tours, and talks that you can explore and experience with your family.
What: The marquee event of Singapore Art Week, Light to Night Festival offers a myriad of art installations, workshops, activities, tours, talks, and live performances.
3. River Hongbao
When: 23 Jan – 1 Feb 2020
Source: River Hongbao
River Hongbao is an annual affair held in celebration of the Lunar New Year. The highlight of the extravagant celebration which will be packed with live performances, interactive exhibits, fringe activities and carnival games to keep your whole family entertained, has got to be the larger-than-life lanterns and the fireworks displays.
What: Intricate handmade lanterns, interactive exhibits, performances, games, activities, and a showcase of fireworks, among others celebrating all things Chinese.
4. Chinese New Year
When: 25 Jan – 26 Jan 2020
Source: Singapore Tourism Board
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, celebrates the beginning of a new year in the traditional Chinese calendar. Celebrations will take place at various venues in Singapore, basking you in the festive spirit with bright décors, festive goodies, cultural performances, and high-spirited dragon and lion dances, among others.
What: Expect nightly stage shows, festive street bazaar offering traditional goodies, from food to ornaments, streets lit up with handmade sculpted lanterns, games and fireworks display.
5. Chingay Parade
When: 31 Jan – 1 Feb 2020
Source: Chingay parade Singapore
What started off as a street parade in celebration of the Lunar New Year, has evolved into an iconic event that showcases the rich cultures of Singapore’s multi-ethnic society.
What: Themed Colors in Harmony, the Chingay Parade 2020 will bring a stunning display of lights, lasers, pyrotechnics, and fireworks, alongside cultural performances by local talents and international acts.