The streets of Chinatown are lively and colorful on most evenings, but it's during Chinese New Year that visitors really get to see the neighborhood come to life. I love navigating my way through the crowded streets lined with vendors selling everything from traditional foods to Chinese New Year decorations.
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Red decorations with auspicious sayings and dragons (since this is the Year of the Dragon) adorn homes, shops, and restaurants. Traditional foods such as pineapple tarts, oranges, abalone, fish and others are served in homes. Some of these are served at Chinese New Year because the Chinese names of these food items often sound like prosperous or lucky words and phrases.
Another thing that inundates Singapore at this time of year is the Chinese New Year music. You can hear it in just about every grocery store, shopping mall, and even in taxis. I don't know what the song lyrics are, but I find myself humming along to the songs because I've heard them so much. Click here if you want to hear some of it for yourself.