Thursday, 5 February 2015

Floral display ushers in the Lunar New Year

To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Gardens by the Bay is showcasing a display called "Asian Tales" in the Flower Dome. The inspiration for the display comes from Chinese brush paintings of scenic mountains and valleys.  Large mountains feature in the display surrounded by fields of flowers that have significance to the Lunar New Year. As 2015 is the Year of the Goat - goats have been sculpted out of wood and also chrysanthemum and marigold flowers and are scattered throughout the display.

The mountains

The goats

Looking down

Keeping watch

Yuan bao - good luck coins

Marigold goats

Fire crackers

Celosias are popular during Chinese New Year


The goat - made out of painted moss

Marigold and chrysanthemum goats

Information signs around the display


Dahlias feature throughout the display as they signify good luck and prosperity

Jonquils beginning to bloom

Goat amongst dahlias

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

The Year of the Goat or Sheep

With the Chinese New Year just around the corner - ( February 19th and 20th ) Singapore's Chinatown is decorated for the festive season to celebrate the Year of the Goat or Sheep.
The original Chinese word for this years zodiac is "yang" a generic term for the horned ruminating mammals. During the translation process, different people have interpreted the word differently either as goat or the sheep.
The main decorations in Chinatown are of goats but many stall holders have goat and sheep decorations. Our local shopping centre has the theme of sheep in their decorations.
The display in Chinatown features 388 Goat shaped lanterns and  1500 gold coin lanterns.

The start of the decorations on New Bridge Rd

A goat on the centre median strip

Some of the goats heads move up and down in the display

Some of the 388 goats

The goats were designed by students at Singapore University of Technology and Design

Goats on the mountain

A herd of Goats

The gold coin lanterns

Details on the gold coins

Goats under a bridge