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

This article was first published on The Straits Times website on Jan 11, 2014. 

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.