The Chinese New Year is almost upon us – from lunar new year festivities to fun dining options, read on to find out what’s on for this weekend!
1. River Hongbao 2021
The 2021 edition of River Hongbao is here! The event will run from 10-16 January 2021, across physical and digital platforms.
Be dazzled by a magnificent display of lanterns, which traditionally symbolise hope for the future, and a prosperous year to come.
While live performances and fireworks may not be a part of this year’s River Hongbao, visitors can look forward to an 18-metre tall God of Fortune and a unique collection of Lion Dance artefacts. Music lovers will be keen to know that the festival will conclude with a pre-recorded performance of “Joys of Springs”, presented by the Singapore Press Holdings’ Chinese Media Group.
All visitors will be required to book time slots to register their attendance prior to their visit – online registration is already open, so make that your activity this weekend so that you won’t miss out!
2. Dahlia Dreams
Usher in a prosperous niu year with the Dahlia Dreams exhibit at Gardens By The Bay! This breathtaking exhibit features a myriad of auspicious elements alongside popular floral favourites, including azaleas, chrysanthemums and cymbidiums.
Be enchanted by a field of 1,400 mixed varieties of gorgeous dahlias, which are grown by Gardens By The Bay’s in-house horticulturists for the very first time.
Highlights include the Lantern Globe, where over 200 lanterns are nestled in an elegant display. The exhibition pays homage to the legend of Nian and the iconic lion dance. Take a leisurely stroll through the Chinese Pavilion and try to spot the 12 zodiac animals within the floral display!
The event will be running till 21 February 2021, so don’t miss your chance!
3. AIA iRun for Vitality – Ang Bao Edition
Looking for more motivation to stay fit? If you’re seeking a challenge, the Ang Bao Edition of the AIA iRun for Vitality is just for you. The goal? Clock 168km within the span of 3 weeks, and search for angbaos that you can unlock as you clock your miles (Bonus: It’s a great way to get your pre-CNY workout in!)
AIA Vitality members will also be able to earn AIA Vitality points and coins – jio your family to help you by clocking longer distances too!
Registration ends this week – find out more here.
4. Aqua Gastronomy
Looking for a unique dinner spot? Why not try Aqua Gastronomy? The Spring Edition of this auspicious dining experience returns just in time for the Lunar New Year.
Immerse yourself in this multisensory experience with a specially curated five-course menu that draws inspiration from the five types of luck: Fortune, Prosperity, Longevity, Joy and Wealth. Enjoy your meal with the spectacular view of marine creatures from one of eight underwater pavilions – it’s sure to be unforgettable.
5. Yayoi Kusama: Recent Paintings
Renowned artist Yayoi Kusama returns with “YAYOI KUSAMA: RECENT PAINTINGS”, presented by Ota Fine Arts Singapore. The collection will mark the first showing of her works in this exhibition within Southeast Asia.
Art lovers may remember Kusama’s previous introspective at the National Gallery in 2017 for its bright, vibrant colours. In this exhibition, the Japanese artist explores the potential of the monochrome aesthetic, with works that are “infused with reflections on love, death, humanity and her relationship with the universe and beyond.”
Check out the exhibition here.