River Hongbao is an annual Lunar Chinese New Year event that is held in Marina Bay in Singapore.
The celebration was founded in 1986 and, through the collaboration of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association, has been held each year since.
2018 Singapore River Hongbao Festival, Fireworks, Programme, Dates & Times
River Hongbao brings out an awe-inspiring display of Chinese cultures and traditions. The word ‘Hongbao’ means Red Pocket, a New Year monetary gift that is believed to bring good luck to children and unmarried adults.
River Hongbao is the leading Lunar Chinese New Year event that draws people from all over the country seeking to experience the fun-filled activities which are celebrated in Marina Bay.
Visual displays of lanterns that depict Chinese characters such as the God of Wealth brings out the crowd in droves. During the event, both local and foreign acrobats and artists stage performances to an excitable crowd. In addition, activities such as riddle games provides an opportunity for tourists and Singaporeans to mingle.
There will be fireworks and laser show on every night at 9pm, except on Chinese New Years Eve when they will go off at 12am midnight.
Amusement rides and other activities are the main attraction for kids while adults enjoy the carnival attractions with dodgem cars, ferris wheels and teacup rides which are fun for all ages.
The event also showcases stalls with intricate Chinese handicrafts with calligraphy, paper cutting and stamps. Make sure to head over to the many food stalls and taste the more than 30 unique mouth-watering Chinese dishes that are part of the event including pork, satay, roast duck and squid.
So head down to the floating platform at Marina Bay to be in the heart of all the action for River Hongbao.