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Festivals in Jan 2020: 5 Festivities to Revel in with Your Kids in Singapore


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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

Festivals in Jan 2020 - Pongal
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.

Pongal Kondattam

What: Evenings of cultural and folk performances representing the rich traditions of Pongal festival. 
Where:
 Little India
When:
 11 Jan – 18 Jan 2020 | 4 pm – 6 pm 
Admission:
 Free


2. Singapore Art Week

When: 11 Jan – 19 Jan 2020

Festivals in Jan 2020 - Singapore Art Week (Light to Night Festival)
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.

Light to Night Festival 2020

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.
Where:
 Civic District
When:
 10 Jan – 19 Jan 2020 | Various timings
Admission:
 Free & Paid


3. River Hongbao

When: 23 Jan – 1 Feb 2020

Festivals in Jan 2020 - River Hongbao
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.

River Hongbao 2020

What: Intricate handmade lanterns, interactive exhibits, performances, games, activities, and a showcase of fireworks, among others celebrating all things Chinese. 
Where:
 The Float @ Marina Bay
When:
 23 Jan – 1 Feb 2020 | 
Admission:
 Free (activity charges apply)


4. Chinese New Year

When: 25 Jan – 26 Jan 2020

Festivals in Jan 2020 - Chinese New Year
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.

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2020

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.
Where:
 Chinatown
When:
 4 Jan – 24 Jan 2020
Admission:
 Free (activity charges apply)


5. Chingay Parade

When: 31 Jan – 1 Feb 2020

Festivals in Jan 2020 - Chingay Parade
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.

Chingay Parade 2020

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. 
Where:
 F1 Pit Building
When:
 31 Jan – 1 Feb 2020 | 8.00 pm – 9.45 pm 
Admission:
 From $28.50 (get your tickets)

 


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This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day



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