Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lunar New Year and Chingay Parade

A few weeks ago I went down to Chinatown with my friend Nick and we wandered around. It was pretty crowded, mostly because the night was New Year's Eve - the lunar new year, that is. You can watch this short video as we shuffled along with the crowds and listened to the sellers marketing their products to the masses.

Last weekend we went to watch Chingay 2011 near the Esplanade. We didn't get tickets, but could see a lot from the parade route. Chingay is a celebration of ethnic heritage begun centuries ago by the Chinese overseas (those who migrated from China to many different parts of Asia). While traditionally a celebration of Chinese heritage, the event has since expanded to include multinational and mutliethnic groups from all over the world - at least in Singapore. Here's a bit longer video of the event, which was a lot of fun! My favorite part was the incredible energy of 2,000 youth putting on the same moves to the music as they danced past.

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