To ring in the Year of The Rabbit, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) has prepared an exciting line-up of programs to kickstart Chinese New Year celebrations.
Ultimate Survival Guide for CNY
Still trying to figure out the Chinese New Year practices, festive greetings, and how to address your relatives? Festive Fever is SCCC’s one-stop information portal which contains all the know-how to help Singaporeans navigate the intricate Chinese New Year practices.
From the yusheng guide to taboos, the all-encompassing online guide provides the knowledge you will need for Chinese New Year, including recommended playlists to get you into the celebratory mood.
Check out the new Festive Fever microsite at https://festivefever.singaporeccc.org.sg/chinese-new-year/
Rabbit-Themed Art Installation
Commissioned by SCCC, local artists Fiona Koh and Warren Khong created (Tu)gether, an art installation exhibition highlighting Chinese New Year practices in Singapore.
The mixed-media artwork presents characters from Chinese New Year mythology — Tu Zai (rabbit), Ong Lai (pineapple), and Nian Mei (monster “Nian”), who celebrate friendship and family during the festive season. Visitors can catch the installation at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Roof Garden till 31 March 2023 from 10am to 10pm daily. A light and sound show will be held on selected Saturday nights from 7.30pm to 8.30pm with narration of the story of Tu Zai’s journey home to celebrate Chinese New Year with his family and friends. Admission to both the exhibition and light shows is free.
SCCC and the artists of (Tu)gether also created unique red-and-gold packets that showcase how Chinese New Year is celebrated in Singapore, such as tossing yusheng, giving red packets, exchanging mandarin oranges, lion dance performance, and more. Each set includes two blank packets with stickers to allow you to create your own personalized red packet. Members of the public may obtain a set of these limited-edition red packets by heading down to the reception at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Level 1 from now till 5 February 2023 (the last day of Chinese New Year), while stocks last.
To spice up your Chinese New Year greetings to loved ones, you may download the (Tu)gether sticker pack for free from the Festive Fever microsite. The 12 adorable stickers of various designs are available for use on WhatsApp and Telegram. Wallpapers adapted from (Tu)gether red packets are also available for download from the Festive Fever microsite.
Musical Interpretation of Chinese Singaporean Culture by local artists Annette Lee and Benjamin Kheng
SCCC aims to highlight the distinctiveness of our local Chinese culture and welcomes views from the public on what they find to be special about the Chinese culture in Singapore. For instance, in 2020, a street poll of young Singaporeans was held to get their take on being Chinese Singaporean. In addition, SCCC and Lianhe Zaobao jointly presented a podcast series “Same Same but Different” last year, where guests were invited to share their stories. To usher in the new year, SCCC has invited two renowned local artists, Annette Lee and Benjamin Kheng, to share their interpretations of Chinese Singaporean culture through music. In this new composition <We Are…>, Annette and Benjamin gave their unique take through an upbeat song about their shared experiences of our local Chinese culture. Head over to SCCC’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube pages to catch the Music Video.
Bringing Our Local Cultural Heritage Onboard Singapore Airlines
As more Singaporeans and international travelers take to the skies in the new year, SCCC has partnered with Singapore Airlines to share SCCC’s videos on local Chinese culture with SIA’s passengers. SIA’s KrisWorld’s in-flight entertainment system will offer the following SCCC videos from now till March 2023:
● Keeping Traditions Alive, where Singaporeans try their hand at making traditional snacks
such as bak chang (Rice Dumplings) and tangyuan (Glutinous Rice Balls).
● Try Leh, Singaporeans, where youths experience various aspects of our local Chinese
culture, such as learning and speaking simple Hakka terms.
● Kaki Says, where Kaki shares interesting and fun facts on festivals celebrated in
Singapore such as the Duanwu Festival.
Enjoy CNY cocktails for a limited time
From now till 4 Feb, enjoy two specially concocted CNY cocktails by Cherki, a casual gastro-pub that specializes in Peranakan food and creative cocktails at SCCC. Loveletters is a commonly consumed snack during CNY, but what would a Love Letter drink taste like? Incorporating ingredients like lychee and rose which symbolize romance, Cherki dedicates this drink to its namesake. The Prosperity Sling, which is inspired by the red packet, combines ingredients like pineapple, pomelo, and mandarin into one delicious tipple to drink up some “fortune”.
Patrons can also enjoy a 10% discount off ala-carte items by producing the SCCC (Tu)gether Red Packet.
About Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC)
The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre collaborates with arts and cultural groups and community partners to promote and develop local Chinese culture. Through engaging and accessible content, we hope to nurture a greater appreciation of our multicultural identity and a stronger sense of Belonging.
Opened by our Patron, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 19 May 2017, our Centre in the heart of the city welcomes everyone to enjoy exhibitions, fairs, performances, seminars, talks, workshops, and other cultural activities throughout the year.