February 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’m enjoying my CNY break.
I ‘ll be back on 18/2/2011 with some
latest notes about a potential event that
might affect the global market.
January 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
The parade has its origins in China, where similar processions
were held for two weeks after the Lunar New Year to welcome
the season of spring. The name “Chingay” was coined from its
Hokkien dialect equivalent, meaning “the art of costume and
masquerade”, and is a longstanding tradition dating back to 1973,
when the first parade was organised.
Each year, the parade has grown larger and grander in scale,
reaching out to 200,000 spectators on the two parade days
and millions of TV viewers from 22 countries.
Individuals from all walks of life, arts groups,
interest groups and even the business community
come together to take part
in this grand festival, comprising 100 organisations
and 8,000 performers.
Chingay 2011 will be staged at the Pit Building against the backdrop
of the Marina Bay. Expect a fiery opening with Singapore’s first pair
of 88-metre long dragons-in-the-sky from Xi-An, China and a dragon
entwined with firecrackers.
Also, be sure to watch Singapore’s iconic
attractions on the move as the Singapore Flyer,
Resorts World Sentosa and Wildlife Reserves each
stage their own float and performances.
The highlight of the parade will be a showcase of
cultures and talents of the three ethnic groups.
The Chinese cultural item celebrates the poetry
of Su Dong Po, through calligraphy set amidst a
lotus garden float. Chingay has launched an
islandwide search for the next Teresa Teng,
who will perform “但愿人长久” atop the
For the Indian cultural item,
you’ll witness towering flower pyramids,
Indian puppets and a grand beautiful
peacock float sashay onto the parade grounds.
Lastly, the Malay cultural item
(the largest Malay contingent in Chingay history)
will comprise 1,200 performers staging traditional
music (kompang and dikir barat), dance and drama
performances, centred on a float of a traditional
There will also be international performing groups
from China, Denmark, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.
Following the footsteps of the Rio Samba Parade,
dance groups islandwide will compete to perform
in Chingay’s Travelling Dance Contingent.
All genres of dance will be featured, including
Samba, Latin, line dancing, folk and hip-hop.
The parade will close with a spectacular scene
of over 10,000 lamps raised by performers and
the audience against the night skies.
Chingay 2011 will also present one of the most
happening parties of the year after the parade -
Singapore’s Biggest Street Dance Party.
The Pit Building track will be transformed
into an outdoor dance floor for 8,000 revellers,
with special appearances by international
DJs and electrifying performances.