IN PICS: Chinese New Year in Singapore's Chinatown

The annual festive markets are on full display in Singapore's Chinatown from Jan 26 to Feb 15, 2018, for this year's Chinese New Year.

Featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements, Chinatown had a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population. Many of the shops here carry traditional goods and spices that are hard to find (as well as more expensive) elsewhere.

Even though it features crazy crowds that you can barely navigate through especially on the weekends, the precinct is a shopping staple right before the Lunar New Year comes. Connected to India brings you some of the colourful candies seen along the streets last weekend ;) 

Zhen Zhu Fang is iconic of Chinatown. Photo: Connected to India
Zhen Zhu Fang is iconic of Chinatown. Photo: Connected to India

People's Park Centre is better known as Zhen Zhu Fang, which is a literal translation of its Chinese name (as seen in red characters in the picture above), "Pearl's Centre." 

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Photo: Connected to India

According to the Chinese zodiac, it's dog year in 2018! Hence, decorations feature these pawsome creatures. 

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Photo: Connected to India
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Photo: Connected to India

People often decorate their homes with auspicious and lucky plants. The ones seen above are lucky bamboos, which are decorated with red ribbons and ornaments. It is a Chinese symbol for strength. 

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Photo: Connected to India

Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, is located right in the heart of Chinatown. 

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The fingered citron is known as "Buddha's hand" in Chinese, and symbolises happiness and long life. 

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Pomelos symbolise prosperity and good luck, and hence are often presented as a gift in temples. 

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Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Writer

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.

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