Stream of festivities at River Hongbao

Above left: In line with the Year of the Monkey, the decorations included elements of Journey To The West, a classic Chinese story featuring the Monkey God, seen here in the form of a large sculpture. Above right: This year's River Hongbao, which sta
The God of Fortune, who showers visitors with golden strips and fortune numbers, is a crowd favourite at this year’s River Hongbao, which is on at the Marina Bay floating platform. ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN
Visitors trying their luck at catching golden strips and fortune numbers from the God of Fortune with anything they had - some held aloft upturned umbrellas or shopping bags, while others used only their bare hands.
Visitors trying their luck at catching golden strips and fortune numbers from the God of Fortune with anything they had – some held aloft upturned umbrellas or shopping bags, while others used only their bare hands.ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN
Above left: In line with the Year of the Monkey, the decorations included elements of Journey To The West, a classic Chinese story featuring the Monkey God, seen here in the form of a large sculpture. Above right: This year's River Hongbao, which sta
Above: In line with the Year of the Monkey, the decorations included elements of Journey To The West, a classic Chinese story featuring the Monkey God, seen here in the form of a large sculpture.ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN
Above left: In line with the Year of the Monkey, the decorations included elements of Journey To The West, a classic Chinese story featuring the Monkey God, seen here in the form of a large sculpture. Above right: This year's River Hongbao, which sta
Above: This year's River Hongbao, which started on Feb 6 and will end on Sunday, is expected to draw more than one million visitors. The God of Fortune, who showers visitors with golden strips and fortune numbers, is a crowd favourite at this year's River Hongbao, which is on at the Marina Bay floating platform.ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN

Visitors are treated to photo exhibition, shows, fireworks and more. Jalelah Abu Baker reports

Three minutes of magic every night until Sunday. At 9pm every night till then, visitors to this year's River Hongbao at the Marina Bay floating platform will be treated to three minutes of fireworks, painting the sky with colour in a sound and light show.

River Hongbao 2016 chairman Liang Eng Hwa, who is also MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, said the event was started in 1987 to persuade Singaporeans to not travel overseas during Chinese New Year and to enjoy the festivities here instead.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong graced the opening on Feb 6 as the guest of honour.

Among this year's line-up was a performance by the Song and Dance Theatre from Nanjing City, China, titled The Monkey King.There are also performances by local groups, including getai shows and a getai contest between two groups of artists led by getai artists Hao Hao and Lee Pei Fen.

Another highlight is a photo exhibition, 30 Years Through River Hongbao, curated by the Lianhe Zaobao editorial team from Singapore Press Holdings.

Adding to the family-friendly festivities are handicraft and food stalls selling goodies such as satay and fried Oreo cookies and takoyaki, a Japanese snack.

Parents can keep kids happy with the more than 30 games stalls and amusement rides, including a walking dinosaur ride.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2016, with the headline 'Stream of festivities at River Hongbao'. Print Edition | Subscribe