Forget February blues in Singapore – take advantage of the year-round warm tropical climate, instead. This is also the most festive time of the year here, as February marks the beginning of Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year). Don’t miss our top four February events..
Celebrate Chinese New Year
Get ready to spend the biggest holiday of the year in one of the best places in the world. Chinese New Year officially begins on the 16th of February this year and the opening ceremony in Chinatown should not be missed: get ready for processions, lion dances and streets lit up with beautiful red lanterns. Embrace the spirit by wearing red, which is lucky, and eating delicacies such as steamed dumplings. (Try Din Tai Fung, an award-winning dumpling restaurant with locations across Singapore; superstition has it that the more dumplings you eat, the more financial luck you’ll have in the new year.) This holiday celebrates family (most locals will be visiting theirs), so bring yours along to dinner or invite your closest friends.
Head to the River Hongbao
Make your way to the floating platform, NS Square at Marina Bay from the 14–24th February for 11 days of stunning firework displays against the ocean skyline, amusement rides and 30 street-food stalls. Marvel at giant lanterns representing Chinese mythology, take in stage performances, play carnival games and then settle in for the daily fireworks and pyrotechnics show at 9pm. This is also a great spot for the Chinese New Year countdown, which culminates in a spectacular midnight fireworks display (legend has it that the explosions scare away evil spirits).
Soak up the Chingay Parade
You’re going to want tickets to the largest street performance in all of Asia. Think stilt-walkers, lion-dancers, puppets, wushu (martial arts) masters, circus acts and colorful floats. Chingay gets its name from the Mandarin phrase for ‘the art of costume and masquerade’ and it lives up to its reputation. On the 23rd–24th February, this national festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year and celebrates tradition as well as ultra-modern elements, such as dancing robots and driverless cars. Tickets range from S$28.50-$60 (approx. £15-32) , but admission into the carnival is free, so there’s no excuse not to try the roasted marshmallows and rainbow bagels.
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Visit the Singapore Airshow
There’s more to Singapore in February than Chinese New Year. If you’re visiting the Lion City on the 6–11th of February and you’ve got a thing for aviation, check out the Singapore Airshow at the Changi Exhibition Centre. You’ll be treated to world-class aerobatic performances, get the chance to climb into the cockpit of various aircrafts, fly in a helicopter simulator, meet pilots, and pretend to be an air-traffic controller (should you wish).