Thursday, 6 February 2014

River Hongbao

The Year of the Horse and the arrival of Spring is being celebrated at River Hongbao which is being held at the Floating Platform @ Marina Bay until the 8th of February. This year marks the 28th anniversary of the event.
 River Hongbao has become an integral part of Singapore’s Lunar New Year celebrations, for Singaporean families and tourists with over a million people are expected to attend.
The festival features larger-than life lanterns created on-site by craftsmen from the Sichuan province in China.
The festival also features handcrafts and stage performances and of course food vendors. Carnival rides and games are also featured for children to spend their Hong Bao (red packets) money on.




Entrance to the festival


Horses line the gateway to the floating stage



Lanterns line the walkway




A lady playing the pipa


Pineapple lantern


Dancers on the stage



Herons on the mountains



This years zodiac




Archer on horseback



The Zodiac dog





Flowers that opened  and closed



This lantern had information about the different Chinese festivals in Singapore



The Zodiac Dragon


Huge lantern building with musicians on the porch



Horse pulling a cart



A large lantern


The Zodiac Pig


God of Fortune which is 18m tall


The God of Fortune showers the crowds with lucky numbers


A floating lantern


The festival


One of brothers from the novel "Three Kingdoms"



Another brother


The third brother


Lantern gateway


Horsemen


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Gardens by the Bay CNY decorations

The Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a colourful display dedicated to the Year of the Horse. The display features sculptures of horses inspired by a Chinese painting of "100 horses" amidst a bright and colourful flowering chrysanthemums, camellias, orchids, cumquat and cherry blossoms trees.




Posters at the Gardens by the Bay


Twig horses amongst "Orchid trees" 



Silver Horses
 


Cymbidium orchids



Wooden horses in the flower field




One of the 3 horses


The sculptures looked lifelike



Orchids, Cherry blossom and Chrysanthemums featured throughout the display




Horse waiting to be ridden



Chinese knots hanging from the garden seats



Lion amongst the Orchids and Chrysanthemums



Gold coins and Phalaenopsis orchids



Chrysanthemums and Celosia



Cherry blossom tree



The main display



Lion amongst the drums



The colourful display