Chingay is an annual and eagerly anticipated parade for both locals and tourists alike, with exciting performances lasting through the night and passing through various areas of Singapore. Catch lighted floats and dances from various ethnic groups, along with the traditional Chinese lion and dragon dances.
Chingay, or the 'art of costumes and masquerade' in loose Hokkien phonetics, was hugely popular when it started from its humble beginnings in 1973 as a cultural performance to make up for the loss in firecrackers during the Lunar New Year, when a total ban on firecrackers was passed in 1972 following several deaths and injuries.
Although the Chingay procession was originally held in celebration of birthdays of the Chinese deities, it has transformed into a unique multiracial performance. Its constant reinvention of itself always seeks to set the bar higher year after year with fresh and modern items like acrobat performances, magic shows, fireworks and controlled firecracker lighting inject new life into a traditional performance.
Be part of the festivities and be dazzled by the contrast between contemporary styles and rich cultural displays through song, music and dance. This year, Chingay parade will take place on 22 and 23 February 2013, at the F1 Pit Building. See you there!