Published on : Friday, January 27, 2017
Marking the beginning of the annual Lunar New Year celebrations, River Hongbao 2017 Opening Night cum Light-up Ceremony was launched at the Marina Bay Floating Platform Thursday night. Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean graced the ceremony.
The term Hongbao, meaning a red packet, is a monetary gift often associated with the Lunar New Year and symbolizes good luck. Nowadays, River Hongbao has been a compelling destination for locals and tourists during Lunar New Year. This year’s River Hongbao will last until Feb. 4.
Now into its 31st year, the Lunar New Year event was launched when Teo unlocked the giant egg signifying new hope and golden opportunities in the coming year.
Singaporean singer Nathan Hartono enthralled the audience with live band performance and his rendition of the classic song “Moonlight in the City”. The audience also enjoyed acrobatics presented by China’s Chongqing Acrobatic Art Troupe, dancing performances by Chongqing Acrobatic Art Troupe as well as Hwa Kang Dance Troupe from Chinese Culture University in China’s Taiwan.
River Hongbao 2017 features more than 60 pieces of specially handcrafted lanterns, of which focused more on local and forward-looking elements.
The audience were treated to a spectacular three-minute fireworks cum laser show incorporating the main lantern piece against the skyline of city state.
They can also participate in other activities such photo exhibition, riddle-guessing etc.