|The Year of the Snake started on 10th february 2013. Celebrated by over a billion and a half people around the world, the Year of the Snake marks the halfway point through the 12 Chinese astrological signs. According to the Huffington Post snakes are careful and stealthy, planning out details before they make moves, with a preference for working alone. And then, of course, there's their charismatic side, which easily seduces others to do their will. But as for the celebrations, expect to see the traditional dragon dancing, lighting of fireworks and yes, snake motifs in Chinatowns and Chinese communities near you. And if you happen to be lucky enough to be part of these celebrations? Don't forget to wish people "Gung hay fat choy," or "Sun leen fai lok", two Cantonese phrases hoping for prosperity for the new year.
Take in the visual feast of the annual street light-up in Chinatown from 19 January to 11 March 2013. In addition, do not miss the official light-up ceremony on 19 January 2013, where a street parade at Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road will boast performances by a variety of local and international artistes.
Check out the festive street bazaar, an oriental wonderland which allows you to shop at more than 500 stalls. Pick up goodies such as waxed duck, barbecued sweet meats, cookies, fresh flowers, Chinese calligraphy prints, opera masks, and traditional new year decorations at the bazaar. There are also entertaining nightly cultural performances at Kreta Ayer Square, such as Chinese opera shows and the annual international lion dance competition which will showcase top talents from around the region such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, China and the Philippines.