River Hongbao 2019 Bicentennial Edition: Festivities By The Water

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River HongBao 2019 Bicentennial Edition brings the Lunar New Year festivities to the Float at Marina Bay with larger-than-life lantern sets, fireworks, performances and a carnival from 3 to 10 February 2019.

Here are some of the highlights of River HongBao 2019 Bicentennial Edition.

Larger-than-life Lanterns

Lights at River HongbaoA highlight of every year’s River HongBao are the grand lantern displays and this year is no exception. The River HongBao 2019 Bicentennial Edition features many different lantern sets, the centrepiece of which is the 60-metre-long Our Garden, Our Home.

Our Garden, Our HomeOccupying the centre of the Our Garden, Our Home are the gates of Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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Sang Nila UtamaTo the left are scenes from the past including depictions of Sang Nila Utama and the signing of the 1819 treaty between Raffles and Sultan Hussein.

To the right of the gates are scenes showing Singapore’s progress.

Otters, River Hongbao 2019Otters are also represented in the lantern set.

Samsui Women LanternsOther lantern sets around River HongBao 2019 Bicentennial Edition include Samsui women in front of the Chinese character for ‘home’, a Giant Carp which represents the Chinese saying “nian nian you yu” which sounds like “yearly abundance” and more.

Interactive Elements

Besides simply admiring the lanterns, some of them are interactive as well.

Bicentennial Dragon Game, River Hongbao 2019The Bicentennial Dragon Game features two dragons designed to form the number “200”. Two persons can face-off in a contest to see who move a loop along the dragon’s body without triggering the alarm.

Wishing FountainAt the Wishing Fountain, try striking the bells while throwing in some coins and making a wish. The money collected will be donated to charity.

dress up as a Samsui WomanOver at the Samsui Women display, dress up as a Samsui Woman and strike a pose.

God of FortuneThe towering God of Fortune will be showering fortune down at 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm, 9.30 pm and 10.30 pm on 4 February 2019, Lunar New Year’s Eve. On all other days, the Fortune Shower will take place at 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm.

Heritage Exhibition in a Ship

A Harbour and Home: The Singapore River Through Time, River Hongbao 2019 Bicentennial EditionIn keeping with the Bicentennial theme, the River HongBao 2019 has an exhibition A Harbour and Home: The Singapore River Through Time which is housed inside a “Chinese junk”.

A Harbour and Home: The Singapore River Through TimeThe exhibition charts out Singapore’s journey over the past 200 years.


Fireworks at River Hongbao 2019 Bicentennial EditionFireworks will be held at the River HongBao 2019 Bicentennial Edition every evening from 3 to 10 February. This year, River Hongbao will feature fireworks choreographed by international pyrotechnics experts on four nights – 3, 4, 9 and 10 February. For the full schedule of fireworks, visit the website here.

Nightly Performances

Nightly PerformancesPay a visit to River HongBao 2019 in the evening to enjoy performance programmed to different themes every evening. Among the groups performing are the TENG Ensemble, Red Moon Dance Troupe and National Taiwan University of Arts.

Carnival Games and Food Street

Food Street, River Hongbao 2019River HongBao 2019 Bicentennial Edition also features a carnival with rides and a Food Street.

For more information on River HongBao 2019, visit its website here.

River HongBao 2019 Bicentennial Edition

When: 3 to 10 February 2019, 2 pm to 11 pm
Where: The Float @ Marina Bay

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