Updated: 12/07/2013 01:20

River Hongbao back again

River Hongbao back again

The annual River Hongbao will extend from 9 to 11 days this year, and will straddle over two weekends. 

It will take place at the Floating Platform @ Marina Bay from 29 January to 8 February next year. 

The celebration, in its 28th year, will usher in the Year of the Horse with larger-than life lantern displays and performances featuring local and foreign performers. 

More than 40 different varieties of local and regional delicacies, such as Yunnan's famous over-the-brdige rice noodles and Pu'er tea flavoured drumsticks, will also be served at the largest outdoor Food Street in Singapore. 

Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development Ms Low Yen Ling says the event aims to involve visitors not just as spectators but more. 

"They are part of the whole celebrations, whether is it through teaching the young kids about the uniqueness of the lanterns or just a simple quiz for some of the chinese terms. We hope that this will leave Singaporeans, especially Singaporean families, fond memories of Chinese Lunar New Year with a view of strengthening their family bond and community bond.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will officiate the Light-up Ceremony on the 29th of January. 

Fireworks can also be expected, with one during the ceremony and another during the Chinese New Year Eve Countdown party on 30 January. 

The event is open to public and admission is free.

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