Man’s best friend is taking all the attention in Chinatown as it is being the centrestage to prepare for the Year of the Dog. From the street decoration to all the activities, the dog figure features prominently this year.

It is hard to miss the 11m-tall centerpiece standing at the junction of Eu Tong Sen street and Upper Cross street. The piece indicates a family of dogs and puppies with a giant gold ingot.

The streets of Chinatown will be decorated with 2,188 glorious handcrafted lanterns. Among that dogs make an appearance in the form of 88 dog lanterns. These lanterns were designed in collaboration with students and faculty from the Singapore University of Technology. To make these lanterns, there were a total of 37 master craftsmen involved.


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There will also be the annual street light-up, which will be powered by around 13,000 environmentally-friendly LED light bulbs spanning more than 800m along Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bride Road and South Bridge Road, which will take place on Saturday (Jan 27) and go on until March 16.

Moreover, this year, for the first time, dog lovers celebrating the Lunar New Year can enjoy a fun day out with their furry friends in Chinatown. In celebration of the Year of the Dog, a special dog-themed carnival and a dog costume competition will be held on Feb 3 at Kreta Ayer Square.

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At this event, dog owners are able to buy a variety of treats and outfits for their pets, and also come compete with each other for the best festive outfits for their dogs. Organised by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizen’s Consultative Committee, the theme for the 2018 Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown is “Blossoms of Happiness and Prosperity”.

Other highlights include the 11th International Lion Dance Competition on Feb 2 and 3, the 420-stall Festive Street Bazaar from Jan 26 to Feb 15, the Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party on Feb 15, and the Chingay 2018 @ Chinatown on Feb 25.

Written by Linh Tran