Chinese New Year is undoubtedly one of the most important events in Singapore’s extensive list of festivals. The New Year date is January 28, but bright colors and four weeks of non-stop celebrations mark this auspicious, energy-fueled event. For visitors to the region, it’s a fantastic opportunity to join locals in celebrating the lunar New Year (also known as Spring Festival), by joining joyous processions, seasonal markets, riveting lion dances and sharing in the overriding jubilant atmosphere. See scarlet paper packets changing hands, admire the new attire families wear out, feast on special seasonal dishes and walk under the rows of lanterns strung from doors and roof corners. There are two focal points for celebrations in Singapore during this period, Chinatown and the floating platform at Marina Bay. The River Hongbao as it is known, takes place from 26 January to 4 February from 2pm till 11pm daily at Marina Bay. Now an integral part of Chinese New Year in Singapore, River Hongbao is a lively festival with giant lanterns grabbing your attention, an array of delicious food, games for all the family and cultural shows including Chinese acrobatics.