Chartering a yacht in Singapore during Chinese New Year is a fantastic opportunity and promises to be a fascinating experience for everybody involved. Whether you are interested in large fireworks displays, street festivals, carnivals, live music, or the lighting of thousands of Chinese lanterns, Chinese New Year on a luxury yacht is an experience not to be missed.
Chinese New Year (also know as Lunar New Year) is one of the biggest events celebrated by the Chinese community in Singapore. Around 75% of Singapore’s resident population are of Chinese origin, making them by far the largest ethnic group in Singapore. The next New Year (which will bring in the year of the snake) comes in on February 10th 2013.
The festivities begin on first day of the first month of the new Lunisolar calendar and last for 15 days. The Reunion dinner on the eve of the New Year is arguably the most important part of the celebrations. All of the family members will come together for a lavish meal with multiple courses, and the streets of Singapore come alive with parties and traditional music. During the festival, Chinatown and Boat Quay are full of street decorations, night markets, parties and dazzling lights. There are also plenty of dragon and lion dancers, and female dance groups in the main Kreta Ayer Square.
Check out one of our favourite Luxury Catamaran Corporate Event yachts for charters in Singapore is the Lagoon 450, which can take up to 27 guests. She would be the perfect companion to take your close friends and family on a day charter and to celebrate the New Year in style. Her exterior is second to none, providing lots of space to relax and take in all that Singapore has to offer. She offers great flexibility to her guests and can do half day, as well as full day charters.
The Chingay Parade is the largest carnival in Singapore, with fantastic floats and thousands of dancers. Since 2009, it has been held in the pit area of the Marina Bay Grand Prix circuit, which is right on the marina waterfront, This allows the parade to accommodative maximum spectators in the Formula One grandstands and to include a long waterway that allows performers to show off their spectacular aquatic stunts. An estimated 150,000 spectators attended the Parade in 2009.
The River Hongbao, which takes place on the floating platform at Marina Bay and the Esplanade Waterfront Promenade, is another extremely popular event. This event is famous for being one of the largest displays of Chinese lanterns in Southeast Asia, and includes performances from both foreign and local artists. It is suggested that the lanterns symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and starting fresh for the New Year.
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