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Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2020

Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2020
March of the golden, and wealth-bringing rats at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2020.

Meeting “Yuki” and his parade of cheerful rats at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2020.

Soma Yuki, of Fruits Basket fame, have invaded Singapore’s Chinatown. Together with his many nakama.


No, LOL. I’ve have not lost it. Just having a bit of fun here because, you guessed it, I just binge-watched Fruits Basket 2019 Season 1 on Netflix.

I’m not entirely nonsensical though, since Yuki in the Anime is possessed by the Chinese Zodiac rat, and that’s all over the Chinatown light-up this year. On that, isn’t it interesting that the Rat is the first of the Chinese Zodiac system? Also represented by the Chinese character 子, a character that alternatively means “son?”

I’m familiar with the legend of how the Chinese Zodiac came to be, but I often feel there is more to this strange tale.

Anyway, here are this year’s pictures.

Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2020

This year’s Wish Upon a Wishing Tree at Chinatown Point. Usually, one of the first displays I’d see when visiting the CNY Light-Up.
The main showpiece for CNY Light-Up 2020. It’s very “ratty”, but definitely not in the informal definition of that word!

A parade of the other Chinese Zodiac animals stands behind the wealth-bringing rats. Unfortunately, because of traffic, I could only photograph 2 of them up-close.

The Golden Ox. Second in the Chinese Zodiac scheme of things. (Incidentally, “Milk Cow” Hatsuharu is one of my favourite characters in Fruits Basket)
The Tiger! RawR!!! I have a very special “connection” with this dude.
The remaining members of the Chinese zodiac lined up right behind the Ox and Tiger.
More golden, wealth-bringing rats behind the Chinese Zodiac animals at Chinatown Light-Up 2020.

CNY Festive Street Bazaar 2020

The festive street bazaar was pretty crowded, despite it being a rainy Monday evening.
CNY lucky windmills. The description says they are blessed by Wong Dai Sin (One of the most venerated deities in Hong Kong).
Like last year, all sorts of exotic melon seeds, peanuts, preserved fruits, and fruit jellies were on sale.
What I consider to be the twin wonders of every year’s festive bazaar! The Wall of CNY Cookies and Snacks, and the Wall of Dangling Chinese Sausages i.e. Lup Cheong.

Within Chinatown Complex

I’ve never included pictures from within Chinatown Complex in any of my Chinese New Year Light-Up posts. Reason being … I generally avoid going into the complex; I didn’t even dine there when I was living right beside the complex years ago. Thus, it’s seriously high time that I put up some.

Most of the shops were closed when I stepped in. However, if you’re hunting for something brilliantly red for house-visiting , or the likes of, you wouldn’t have any difficulty.

Back to the Wealth-Bringing Rat(s)

The main showpiece of Chinatown Light-Up 2020, again, at the Eu Tong Sen junction.
“Harmony Births Wealth” and “The Bamboo Reports Peace.” (I never really understood the latter; I presume bamboo actually refers to firecrackers)
To all who are celebrating, Happy Year of the Rat 2020!

Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2020 is ongoing till February 22, 2020.

Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2021.

Read my other Festive Celebrations posts.

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March of the golden, and wealth-bringing rats at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2020. Huat Huat Huat to everyone!


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