Not to miss Chingay Parade 2009

January 30th, 2009 - 2:17 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Chingay Parade is an annual street parade held as part of Chinese New Year festivities. One of the most important festival is Chinese New Year, which falls in either January or February.

It is ushered in with the lighting of fire crackers at midnight on the eve of the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

Held in Singapore, Penang and in Johor Bahru since 2006. The Chingay celebration started in the 19th century. The event was recorded by a European rnissionary and left a vivid description of the 19th century Chingay. There was a ‘Chinese decorated float’ for which Penang became famous with its giant flags processions. A chingay flag is y a giant triangular flag, between 25-40 feet in height, made of silk where, on one side of the flag was fixed to a giant bamboo pole carried perpendicularly by a stalwart bearer with half-a-dozen others taking turn.

Information on Chingay Parade 2009 in Singapore , it will have 13 Floats with 4000 performers from 40 local organizations, 4 local international communities and cultural groups from 8 countries. The entire Chingay Opening will be presented by 750 performers.

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