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River Hongbao

River Hongbao is an annual Lunar Chinese New Year event held in Singapore.

The celebration was founded in 1986 and has been held yearly through the collaboration of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association.

River Hongbao 2023, Singapore Festival, 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 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 fun-filled activities.

Come and join Fu-er and Shou-er as we usher in the Year of the Rabbit together. Be dazzled by the lantern displays, spectacular stage performances and a host of other festivities at River Hongbao 2023. The event is FREE and no tickets are required for admission.

Gardens by the Bay transforms into a magical garden brought to life by more than 18 enchanting lantern sets. Keep your eyes peeled on the gorgeous star of the festival, the “Dance of Spring” lantern set. Nestled within the ‘Dragonfly Lake’, the nearly 30-metre-long floating lantern is truly a sight to behold. This year, the lanterns have been infused with modern themes, ideas and pop-culture references. How many of them can you spot?

There are lots to look forward to from 20 Jan to 28 Jan. A host of entertainment programmes awaits you from the main stage. Enjoy dance and musical performances by Chinese cultural troupes, Getai singers and not forgetting the Mediacorp artists.

The Greetings and Blessings: Chinese New Year Cards Then and Now exhibition showcases Chinese New Year cards from the 1950s to 1970s in Singapore. With the inclusion of diverse and interesting elements, these cards feature the vibrant scenes of a past Singapore and reflect social trends, as well as Chinese traditions, culture, and values.

POSB will hold its first charity drive with River Hongbao at Gardens by the Bay. The bank will donate $5 for every selfie taken with the God of Fortune display and posted onto Facebook or Instagram feed with the hashtag #NeighboursDoGood”. POSB aims to donate $50,000 by the end of the event to help children from families in need.

What is Chinese New Year without a festive treat? The highly anticipated food stalls are back at this year’s River Hongbao. Pick your favourite snack as you explore what the food stalls have to offer.

Spend time with the family in a fun-filled carnival atmosphere. Experience the gentle thrill of the double-storey carousel, adrenaline-pumping bumper boat rides and other exciting carnival games at River Hongbao.

Year after year, there is a showcase of a selection of big, bright lanterns – not only because they make for great pictures, but also because they’re an integral part of Chinese culture. Traditionally, lanterns are displayed during the Chinese New Year to symbolise wishes for a brighter future and an auspicious year.

So head down to be in the heart of all the River Hongbao action.

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20 January 2023: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
21 January 2023: 6.30pm - 12.15am
22 - 28 January 2023: 2.30pm - 10.30pm

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18 Marina Gardens Drive, Downtown Core, Singapore

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