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River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

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River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014One event that has become almost a tradition for most Singaporeans to visit during the Chinese New Year would be River Hongbao. An annual event held without fail for 28 years since 1986, it features large lanterns made by craftsmen from China, handicrafts, local & regional delicacies, stage performances and numerous fringe activities for all ages. Best of all, it’s free admission and possibly the best place to bring the entire family to infuse the festive atmosphere – without burning a bigger hole in your pocket after giving out all the ang pows (red packets) and buying new clothes.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

The event is held at The Float @ Marina Bay, right in the heart of Singapore’s downtown.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Look at the throngs of people!

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

One of the highlights of this year’s event would be this 18-metre tall God of Fortune 财神爷 – everyone wants a piece of fortune in the new year!

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Fortune God, please look after me this year okok…bring me more money!

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

He does look very prosperous, and I am in love with his pom-pom hat lol

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

This decorated walkway was a natural photo opportunity. I must say it’s very pretty.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

The main feature of River Hongbao would be the large-scale lanterns hand-crafted on-site by craftsmen from the Sichuan province. They showcase familiar characters including the God of Fortune, legendary heroes from “The Three Kingdoms” (Guan Yu, Zhang Fei and Liu Bei) as well as the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

马到功成
Being the Year of the Horse, a lot of the lanterns featured horses. This one features a Chinese idiom “马到功成” which literally means “success is gained when the horse arrives.” In the past wars were fought on horseback. Hence, once the horses reach the frontline, the war will be won. Now, this Chinese idiom means swift success, and is used as a well-wish.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Hungry? Feast on Yunnan and local delicacies at River Hongbao’s Food Street.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Bunny ears for you, madam?

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

It’s all kids play at Uncle Ringo!
Oh this is so nostalgic! Long before Facebook and LAN games, kids squealed in delight when parents brought them to Uncle Ringo for kiddy rides. Most of the kids entertainment centres have bitten the dust by now, and you can only find Uncle Ringo at roving events around neighbourhoods. I so very wanted to join in…but well, guess I am a teeny-weeny overaged by now.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

童真

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

I used to love such games, especially the shooting ones!

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

“Daddy please, can I play again?”

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Bumper cars!

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Wheee! I wonder if this can take my weight wuahaha

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

While the kids have Uncle Ringo, the adults can play too…lottery
I was quite surprised to see a Singapore Pools booth at River Hongbao. It was quite apt too, since everyone wanted a piece of luck during the new year. I joined in the fun too, and I think I stunned the staff for a moment when I asked “How many numbers must I choose huh?” He was dumbfounded for 5 seconds and thought I asked him a trick question.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

The Palace of Beauties and One Emperor

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Dancing Sisters
Sway left, sway right

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

十二生肖 – 马
Somehow this reminds me of My Little Pony

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

One of the reasons why people visit River Hongbao is to read their fortunes for the year at the 12 Zodiac lanterns. Find out all you want to know about your career, health, fortune, romance and even your lucky colour & number.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

恭喜发财 Gong Xi Fa Cai!

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Main Stage Performances
Apart from local entertainers, River Hongbao also partnered the Yunnan Opera Theatre (云南滇剧院) to showcase performances by Yunnan’s ethnic tribes, including the Yi and Dai Tribe.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

福如吉祥

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Longevity Cranes

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

花开富贵

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

巨型走马灯
Read up on Chinese cultural festivals at this huge lantern

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

许愿池 Wishing Well
Take a coin, make a wish and aim to hit the hanging bells when you throw. If it sounds, your wish will come true. I need a super big coin.Or a gold bar.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

It was quite amusing to see Singapore’s favourite fruits on a giant lantern…if only it came with the durian smell lol

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Cartoon version of the legendary heroes from “The Three Kingdoms” (Guan Yu, Zhang Fei and Liu Bei)

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

桃园结义

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

水上灯组

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

I was pleasantly surprised with fireworks from the Chingay event happening nearby. It was great to end my visit to River Hongbao on a high, and hopefully it signifies great things to come for the new year. I’m excited! :)

Author: spunktitud3

A little post by a fun-loving spunky gal in love with the quirky, the artsy and anything which inspires new creations. Read about her adventures on: spunktitud3.wordpress.com

One thought on “River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

  1. OMG, your pictures are so gorgeous! As they always are…Unbelievable! I was quite happy with mine, but now that I saw yours…..?! Hahaha… You did a great job. And yes, I love Hongbao. This was my fourth year and this year was beautiful!

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