SINGAPORE: Countdown parties are usually the popular way to usher in the New Year.
But residents of Tanjong Pagar GRC and Radin Mas SMC are getting an extended celebration this year through a series of events spanning from December 27 to 29.
The year-end festivities got off to a fun start on Friday evening with a street party along Lorong Mambong, in Holland Village, where people were entertained with street performances and dance music.
Celebrations will continue over the weekend with block parties, carnivals and gatherings on Saturday.
Residents can also take to the stage to show off their music and dance talents in "30 minutes of fame" which will take place at six shopping centres and outdoor locations within the GRC.
On Sunday, residents will walk down memory lane -- covering part of the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station route. This will conclude with a sports carnival at Jalan Hang Jebat.
In all, some 60 community events will target more than 10,000 residents.
"On New Year's Eve itself, there are usually many countdown parties. For young people, there are many options available. For some other people, the countdown party alone may not appeal to them,” said Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing.
“So what we hope to do is to give people a sense of the variety of activities that we are able to organise, and that will hopefully bring in more people to the activities so we can bond with the residents and also to serve the residents' needs."
Mr Chan, who is also an MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, added that a single countdown party was organised in previous years, but residents had given feedback that they would prefer a variety of events catering to different needs and interests. - CNA/ec
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