10 nights of fireworks & giant light installations at River Hongbao 2020 from Jan. 23 – Feb. 1

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Mandy How | December 18, 2019 @ 01:36 pm


Annual Chinese New Year event River Hongbao will be back from Jan. 23 – Feb. 1, 2020.

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Held at The Float @ Marina Bay, this year’s festivities will see a carnival, a food street, 10 nights of fireworks, an exhibition on the tradition of red packet gifting, and more.

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Here’s a look at the highlights.

1. Nightly fireworks

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For each night of the event between 9pm to 10pm, three minutes of fireworks will be set off.

On Chinese New Year Eve, however, the fireworks will last for six minutes instead.

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Here’s the full schedule:

  • Jan. 24 (CNY Eve): 12am
  • Jan. 29 – 30: 10pm
  • Jan. 31 – Feb. 1: Between 9:30pm to 10pm
  • The rest of the days: 9pm

2. Giant lanterns on display

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Besides the 12 zodiacs, there’s also a futuristic wishing tree and three windmills representing the Chinese deities of Prosperity, Status, and Longevity (Fu Lu Shou).

Money from the tree will be donated to Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH). Photo via RHB
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You can even find swimming “goldfish” in a bowl, where a machine will release bubbles periodically.

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The largest lantern set measures 50m long and 12m tall:

And as usual, there’ll be a larger-than-life God of Fortune (18m tall, to be exact).

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3. Food street

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River Hongbao will have over 40 stalls selling various food and beverage items.

On the nights of Jan. 29 and 30, clan associations will also be selling traditional delicacies by their respective dialect groups, such as Abacus Seeds (Hakka) and Crystal Dumplings (Teochew).

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4. Cultural performances and exhibitions

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Visitors can learn about the tradition of red packet gifting in an exhibition titled “Prosperity in Packets, Hongbao in Chinese Culture”.

For the first four days, professional performers from China and Taiwan will take stage.

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On Jan. 29-30, local artistes will put up shows in the theme of “Singapore Talent Night”.

Lastly, catch the Chingay performers as they head down to The Float on Jan. 31 – Feb. 1.

Where and when to go

The Float @ Marina Bay
20 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039805

Date: Jan. 23 – Feb. 1, 2020.

Event Hours:
2pm – 11pm
Extended till 1am on Jan. 24 (CNY Eve)

Top image via RHB 

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