About a week ago, after days of non-stop rain, I finally managed to step foot (and camera) in Chinatown to photograph the final preparations for the Chinese New Year (“CNY”) Celebrations, a not-to-be missed festive season, right here in Singapore.
As usual, I arrived at Pagoda street “early” in the morning to enjoy the still almost empty streets, and the setting up of the first stalls, witnessing the calm before the storm.
Just an hour later, a mix of tourists and locals – and their cameras and grocery carts – started to fill up this very colourful part of the Red Dot, the former group looking for new experiences (discovering and sometimes tasting exotic food or enjoying a rich cultural experience) and the latter doing some last-minute shopping for CNY celebrations.
2016 is the Year of the Monkey (and a fire monkey with that!)!!!
As many of you probably already know in Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal sign but also (a less known fact) one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Water, Wood, Fire, or Earth. Both the sign and element of your birth year are said to affect your personality and destiny.
– Fire Monkey : Character would be “ambitious and adventurous, but irritable” –
This year was my first time witnessing a Chinese New Year Celebration in Singapore (and in Asia in general) and I really enjoyed it. I was expecting maybe more traditional lanterns (at least in my romantic mind) but was impressed nevertheless.