Chingay, the largest street performance and float parade in Asia is back to wow Singapore on 19 & 20 February at F1 Pit Building this year! We’re invited to the NE show not long ago to catch a first glimpse of what to expect for this year Chingay 2016.
Chingay is a yearly street parade that has become a uniquely Singaporean tradition that every Singaporean look forward to every Lunar New Year. With vibrant floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters, and many many more!
But, have you ever wondered what does the word Chingay actually means? Chingay is actually equivalent to the Mandarin word ‘Zhuang Yi’ (妆艺), which means “the art of costume and masquerade” in the Hokkien dialect.
We got a chance to go behind the scenes and check out on the performers as they prepare themselves for the show.
and we are all ready for the show to begin!
“Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore” as the official theme for Chingay Parade 2016, will be the brightest ever with the biggest full-scale illuminated show. Inspired by the legacy of our Founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, and the values embodied by our Pioneers such as Racial Harmnoy, Social Cohesion, Caring Community, Resilience as a Nation, Can-Do Singapore Spirit and Uphold high moral values.
Chingay 2016 represents the first step towards SG100 after our milestone SG50 celebrations where Singaporeans from diverse backgrounds come together to celebrate core values important to Singapore. Together we celebrate these values that have transformed us from a fishing village into a modern metropolis and bring us forward into the future with confidence.
During the segment called “Because We Are Different, We Are One”, we got to see for the first time in Chingay’s history, an item presented by the lnter-Religious Organisation (IRO) and their collaboration with 30 religious groups.
To keep Chingay an inclusive event, PA will be inviting 5,500 beneficiaries from Voluntary Welfare Organisations and their caregivers to the Parade.
Members of the public also got the chance to contribute to a “brighter” Singapore in the four-month lead up to Chingay. More than 50,000 youths from schools and youth groups have been participating in two Community Engagement Programmes by customizing 8,000 ‘Sky Lanterns’ with their hopes and wishes for the future and 2,500 lighted cubes painted by 50,000 young children and youths that represent their ideal Singapore in 2065.
Fireworks, a must for Chingay!
Catch the largest, brightest ever full-scale illuminated show at Chingay 2016 this year on 19 & 20 Feb 2016 at the F1 Pit building. Tickets can be purchased through sistic here.
You can also try your luck to win tickets to Chingay 2016 too on PA social media channels!
For more information on Chingay Parade 2016, please visit www.chingay.org.sg or visit PAFrenz Facebook and @PAFrenz Instagram for the latest updates.