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Chinatown lights up to usher in the Chinese Year of the Horse

Pedestrians taking photos of the horse-shaped lantern during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Pedestrians taking photos of the horse-shaped lantern during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Acrobatic performance during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Acrobatic performance during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Dance performance during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Dance performance during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Dance performance during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Dance performance during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Fireworks set off at 9pm during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Fireworks set off at 9pm during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Fireworks set off at 9pm during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Fireworks set off at 9pm during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Fireworks set off at 9pm during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Fireworks set off at 9pm during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Fireworks set off at 9pm during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Fireworks set off at 9pm during Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, President Tony Tan Keng Yam and MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Lily Neo arriving at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, President Tony Tan Keng Yam and MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Lily Neo arriving at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Crowd awaits the start of performances despite a light drizzle at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Crowd awaits the start of performances despite a light drizzle at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Crowd awaits the start of performances despite a light drizzle at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Crowd awaits the start of performances despite a light drizzle at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Performers on stilts have their photo taken at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Performers on stilts have their photo taken at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
A performer on stilts mingles with a child in the crowd at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
A performer on stilts mingles with a child in the crowd at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on Jan 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Chinatown came to life on Saturday, with the streets awashed in shades of gold and flanked by 176 horse-shaped lanterns to usher in the Chinese Year of the Horse. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Chinatown came to life on Saturday, with the streets awashed in shades of gold and flanked by 176 horse-shaped lanterns to usher in the Chinese Year of the Horse. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Chinatown came to life on Saturday, with the streets awashed in shades of gold and flanked by 176 horse-shaped lanterns to usher in the Chinese Year of the Horse.

Officiating the Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up and Opening Ceremony this year at New Bridge Road was President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

The creation of 55 master craftsmen, the production stretches some 280m within Chinatown and took 15,000 man hours to put together.

The horse lanterns are set among 2,000 giant ancient coins, representing this year's festival theme, Galloping to Prosperity.