Thursday, September 28, 2006

Chinatown: Lantern Festival

Although I've not yet recovered from the nasty Hives, but I don't care about my ugly rashes, I just want to go out and have fun!!!
Because Lantern Festival is coming!!!

So we decided to go to Chinatown during the start of the Lantern Festival.

Every year they will decorate this road differently.

This year I can see many lanterns along the road. What can I say, it's lantern festival!!! That's why it's not a surprise for me to see lanterns everywhere.

It was very crowded in Chinatown that day. Since the main road was closed for the performance at night, everyone was walking in the middle of the road. I was also eating, walking in the middle of the road.

These are special lanterns made by artisans who came from China.

When it finally became dark, Chinatown became very beautiful with all the lanterns lighted up!!! So many kinds of lanterns were hanging around us.

We went to the market every time we came to Chinatown...It's almost look the same every year. But it was fun, because I seldom come to Chinatown, maybe 2 times a year on Lantern festival and Chinese New Year.

I was looking for a lantern to carry to the Chinese Garden next time. Call me childish, but I'm a kid at heart lol!!!


While we were still walking inside the market, suddenly we heard very loud sounds of fireworks. We rushed to the closed road and saw everyone were there. So crowded!!! Even the President of Singapore was there to officiate the light up ceremony.

It's exciting!!!

The iconic symbol of Singapore, the Merlion.

His costume looked fabulous and I was wondering if it's very heavy?

Smiles. Everyone looked happy with the smile on their faces.

I like these costumes!!!

More costumes.

I feel happy when I looked at this photo. The little girl was running with a big smile!!! She's cute!!!

When this drum past by, it was so loud that I couldn't hear my own voice, everyone was shouting very loudly too.

Big lion head. This is a must have thing during all the chinese festivals.

There are many dragon dance groups, but I only took photos of a few...I was enjoying so much and so excited. I think the atmosphere there made me excited?

The performance left a lasting impression in my mind. I find it's hard to express my feeling, but I was smiling and laughing a lot throughout the whole performance.


Thao said...

Great photos of the lantern festival. And you can't tell that you have hives anymore.

Bear Bear said...

Thanks Thao, my Hives still there, but just not so visible now. ^__^

julia said...

I loved these pictures. Good shots, especially because it was so dark. You must have a great camera :)

carrie said...

lots of awesome pictures! said...

At last you can go out and have fun
Happy for you

Alison Ashwell said...

Lovely photos- very atmospheric

Ma Titwonky said...

This was an excellent post. Thank you for including all the images so we can get a much clearer idea of what all the festivities look like. I really liked the beautiful lanterns! So much lovely creativity. :)

DereK said...

=( ...I really would like to see the festival by my own.....

Good pictures!!!

ahhong said...

haha....Happy lantern festival...
Seem like I missed the street performance...

Pandabonium said...

Thanks for sharing these pictures. Chinatown is so bright and colorful for the festival. Looks like fun.

Anonymous said...

I don't see any hives on you! The festival looked like it was so much fun! Wish I was there.

Pandapassport China said...

Holy photos!
That's a lot of photos.

I like the colored lanterns on top much better than those chinese red ones below. Very cool.

Singithi said...

They are so beeeeeeutiful! Thank you very much!

singye said...

I love the lantern fest, and nice pics.

You're so pretty, bear bear.

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