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Lunar New Year Celebrations At Gardens By The Bay
Gardens by the Bay is ringing in the Year of Metal Rat with an abundance of festive offerings for every member of the family.
• Dahlia Dreams – The Heavenly Race
Till 23 February
9am – 9pm
Admission charge to Flower Dome applies
The majestic “Auspicious Omens” set piece was inspired by the historical “Eastern Single Archway” which was built in the Ming Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Yonge and still stands today at Beijing’s Imperial Gardens. The archway is flanked by “Golden Boy and Jade Girl”, symbols of fortune and happiness for the whole family
The Dahlia Dreams floral display features spectacular horticultural works of art including a 5m-wide Fu (“blessing”) medallion, a majestic 7m-tall “Auspicious Omens” archway, and two lucky Golden Rats, all decked in greenery.
In this specially constructed set piece made with mosaiculture, the word fu is fashioned after Emperor Kangxi’s handwriting. This character contains the glyphs of several Chinese characters including zi (meaning descendants), cai (meaning talent), tian (meaning land), fu (meaning blessing) and shou (meaning longevity). Collectively, this character means endless profundity and infinite blessings.
This intricate horticultural art form uses bedding plants to carpet metal frames and create 3D “living sculptures”. Known as mosaiculture, it is showcased in this year’s display as part of a collaboration between Gardens by the Bay and Chinese landscape design company Beijing Florascape Co., Ltd., who is known for designing large-scale floral displays for major Chinese events such as the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China at Tiananmen Square.
This year’s zodiac animal is showcased as a pair of lucky Golden Rats made with mosaiculture. In ancient times, people believed that rats stealing grains from a barn meant there was extra food and the family was rich. Therefore, having rats in the household was regarded as a symbol of wealth.
• Spring Surprise
27 January – 9 February
Throughout Gardens by the Bay
Programmes are free
Enjoy a myriad of free performances and activities throughout the Gardens.
Catch the spark-tacular "Golden Pyro Dragon Dance" which incorporates cold pyrotechnics into a dragon dance for the first time in Singapore, and has been awarded the “First Pyrotechnic Dragon Dance” in the Singapore Book of Records
This year’s Chinese New Year programme Spring Surprise sees the debut of the “Golden Pyro Dragon Dance”. Performed by local troupe Tian Eng Dragon & Lion Dance Centre, this is the first time cold pyrotechnics are incorporated into a dragon dance in Singapore to present a dazzling performance featuring a 14m-long dragon under a shower of fireworks-like sparkles.
A colourful retelling of the traditional Chinese legend, “The Story of Nian”, comes to life with music, drama and puppetry
Visitors can also discover the origins of Chinese New Year traditions in “The Story of Nian”. Produced by Dick Lee Asia under the creative direction of Dick Lee, this colourful retelling of the ancient Chinese legend about a mythical creature called Nian combines music, drama and puppetry, with puppet design by local award-winning puppeteer Frankie Malachi.
Colourful rat lanterns hand-painted by the beneficiaries of REACH Community Services
There are also cultural performances such as Traditional Lion Dance and Shadow Puppet Performance, as well as festive music performed by Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Ding Yi Music Company, Drum Feng, Dicapella and other musical groups. Adding to the festive atmosphere are colourful rat lanterns hand-painted by the beneficiaries of REACH Community Services, meet-and-greet sessions with the God of Fortune, and a festive bazaar.
• Chinese New Year 2020 Promotion
Till 9 February
Purchase one full-priced Singapore Resident Adult admission tickets to the conservatories and receive one complimentary Singapore Resident Senior admission ticket.
Terms & conditions apply
• Friends Of The Gardens Membership – Pioneer/Merdeka Generation Promotion
Till 31 May
Pioneer/Merdeka Generation cardholders can enjoy two years of the Friends of the Gardens (Senior) membership at half price! Membership privileges include unlimited admission to Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and OCBC Skyway, retail and dining discounts, and more.
Terms & conditions apply
Photos courtesy of Gardens by the Bay