River Hongbao celebrates 30th anniversary with photo exhibition

The 30 Years Through River Hongbao exhibition is curated by Lianhe Zaobao and features photographs from Singapore Press Holdings and Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations.
The 30 Years Through River Hongbao exhibition is curated by Lianhe Zaobao and features photographs from Singapore Press Holdings and Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

In 1991, founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew visited the River Hongbao with his wife and granddaughter.

At this year's event, a photo of them watching the light-up ceremony will be among 200 at an exhibition on the festival at the Marina Bay floating platform.

River Hongbao, an annual Chinese New Year event in Singapore showcasing Chinese traditions and food, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The 30 Years Through River Hongbao exhibition is curated by Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao and features photographs from the archives of Singapore Press Holdings and the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations.

Visitors can also view images from the event in 1990 when Singapore turned 25 and 25 riders on stallions rode from St Andrew's Cathedral to the Padang.

There will be 38 youth ambassadors narrating stories and leading guided tours of the exhibition. They have also penned their thoughts on how the event can attract youth over the next 30 years.

The River Hongbao will run from Feb 6 to 14 and is expected to attract more than a million visitors. They will be treated to nine consecutive nights of fireworks. In previous years, fireworks were set off only on the opening and final nights.

In line with the Year of the Monkey, the decorations and performances will include elements of Journey To The West, a classic Chinese story featuring the Monkey King.

There will be handicraft and stalls as well as more than 30 games stalls and amusement rides.

Kok Xing Hui

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 31, 2016, with the headline 'River Hongbao celebrates 30th anniversary with photo exhibition'. Print Edition | Subscribe