2011; year of the rabbit.
What does that mean?
Well, for starters: lots of rabbits everywhere;-)
|And people posing in front of them.|
|Rabbits that you can throw coins on for good fortune.....|
|Meticalously maintained all the time...|
Number two: lots of streetdecoration, in particular lanterns:...
|After seeing everybody pose, I felt for a small pose of my own;-)|
|In the background our building: the Sail.|
So we have lots of rabbits and lanterns and people posing....Number three: other deco, like blossomtrees; a fairytale-look.
The fourth element I'd like to mention: RED. All things red, a very important color for the Chinese.
Number five: mandarins.
Important NewYear Ritual is to give the person(s) you visit two mandarins and to give them back to someone. Also seen in displays on the floor, in mandarintrees, etc.
|This one was on the floor of a spanish restaurant. Recognise a toreador-hat?;-)|
Number six: people, people, people....you can walk over the heads in Chinatown in this period.
Characteristic number seven: River Hongbao; a yearly festival, held on The Float (the floating sportsfield) and the adjacent tribunes.
Loved it last year, very disappointed this year.
|The Float: lots of people.|
|Also the tribunes were loaded.|
|Like last year there was this giant God of Fortune.|
|Every so many minutes he spits out a lot of golden glitterconfetti. People go crazy when that happens and try to catch the stuff with their hands or with upsidedown umbrellas.|
|In this foodcourt walked a live God of Fortune. People were eating and even more drinking, partying, inviting Frits and me for beers. Happy atmosphere.|
|AngMoh's participating in the fun;-)|
|Boy making the V-sign while posing. A thing that all Singaporeans seem to do as soon as they pose for a pic;-)|
|Frits and the Dragon|
Number eight: the fair with the merry-go-round; each year a success.
This year there was an unusual display: a scale-model of a famous and special HDBflat: the Pinnacle Building.
A nice bridge;-) to my next blog which is about that specific building.
|You see that the different towers of this building have connecting bridges at two high levels. My next blog is situated on the highest connecting level! C U there;-)|