Lanterns have been one of River Hongbao's key attractions year after year. They are an integral piece in Chinese cultural celebrations because they symbolize wishes for a brighter future. Create the perfect photo opportunity with more than 20 dazzling lantern pieces at River Hongbao 2020, with the largest lantern set stretching over 50m long, and the tallest lantern up to 18m high.
Main Entrance Arch
Welcome to River Hongbao 2020! As this is the Year of the Rat, the design of the Main Entrance Arch features a distinctive shape of an adoring rat, whose curvy silhouette forms the entrance archway. Known as an affectionate character in the Chinese Zodiac, the family of rats is seen here playing together, highlighting the importance of parent-child relationship (亲子关系). This distinctive arch is also decorated with many motifs of both old and new coins, welcoming the New Year with blessings of abundance and prosperity. We hope you and your family enjoy your visit at River Hongbao 2020!
Start your journey at River Hongbao 2020 by walking through the dazzling walkway inspired by tropical trees which are linked by rows of fairy lights in a zigzag pattern leading towards the main event grounds of River Hongbao. As you immerse yourself in the vibrant colours of this festive atmosphere, post a photo with your loved ones to social media using the hashtag #RiverHongbao2020 and tag us @RiverHongbaoSG.
God of Fortune Lantern Set Piece
One of the mainstays of the annual River Hongbao is the ever-popular God of Fortune who brings prosperity, luck and blessings to you and your family. This year, he has in one hand a Ruyi (如意) sceptre which represents good fortune, while in his other hand, an abacus, which is a traditional calculating tool used for counting money. The abacus is an appropriate symbol in the Year of the Rat as the Chinese character of “count” (数 shǔ) draws similar pronunciation from “rat” (鼠 shǔ) in mandarin. Hence, the shower of gold coins and the overflow of gold ingots symbolise an abundance of wealth and prosperity (让你数钱数不完)!
Happy Chinese New Year!
A Time for Family Celebration
This large mural-style lantern set features how we celebrate Chinese New Year in our own Singaporean style, based on the theme “Harmonious Family, Happy New Year! (过年了! 合家欢乐)”. The Chinese character “家” emphasised here has many layers of meaning. It denotes the Chinese family passing down the traditional cultural practices to the next generation. In addition, Singaporeans also celebrate our festivals within our multicultural and multiracial community. In this way, we foster a harmonious society by sharing happiness and joy together as one big family.
The key highlights in this display include Singaporeans at the Chinatown Festive Bazaar shopping for New Year goodies and spring couplets (Chinese calligraphy with auspicious phrases). During the New Year season, we will dress up, visit and greet relatives and even neighbours of different ethnic groups. Many Singaporeans also enjoy watching dragon and lion dances as well as street parades during the season. Many locals of all races will make use of the holiday period to visit gardens and parks including Haw Par Villa, a large recreational theme park, that features Chinese folklores and legends.
New Year's Eve
Dinner Lantern Set Piece
Using the rising popularity of food delivery services as the platform and the Singapore skyline as the backdrop, this set piece features the Chinese tradition of New Year’s Eve Dinner (年夜饭) where families will gather to have a great feast. Popular dishes include steamboat, chicken/ duck, prawn, abalone, fish and Yu Sheng (鱼生) or “Prosperity Toss Salad”. As we celebrate Chinese New Year in the modern age, let’s not forget to observe the tradition of Family Reunion and cherish Family Values.
The Singapore skyline and heartland neighbourhood graphics scrolling across the background create the illusion of the food delivery bicycle and motorbike in motion as the vehicles deliver traditional cuisine to our homes.
Jin Yu Man Tang Lantern Set Piece
Gold (金) and Jade (玉) are symbols of prosperity. Jin Yu Man Tang (金玉满堂) thus signifies abundant wealth and prosperity. At the same time, the characters “金玉” also sound like “金鱼” (goldfish). Inspired by the wordplay, this display features graceful goldfishes swimming in an opulent fishbowl with elegant motifs.
• Look out for the swimming goldfishes! This is made possible by a built-in revolving mechanism inside the central pillar in the fishbowl.
• Watch out for the bubbles! In regular intervals, a concealed machine will release bubbles to enhance the water-based theme of this display.
Spring Blossoms Lantern Set Piece
The passing of Winter marks the arrival of the new Spring season. As the weather begins to warm up, butterflies and bees get busy, and flowers bloom – much to everyone’s delight. This charming display showcases a cluster of orchid flowers in full blossom. Besides walking around to enjoy the sea breeze and to soak up the festive atmosphere, you are invited to take photos of the flowers against the backdrop of the stunning Marina Bay skyline. Don’t forget to tag us @RiverHongbaoSG with the hashtag #RiverHongbao2020 on social media.
Windmill Lantern Set Piece
This set piece showcases three windmills with the auspicious blessings of Fu Lu Shou (福禄寿), gods of the three stars which represents Prosperity, Status and Longevity. The first windmill proclaims the start of a new 12-year zodiac cycle with the arrival of the Year of the Rat which brings Fortune and Wealth (福). The next windmill highlights the importance of lifelong learning and continuous training to attain Prosperity and Status (禄). The third windmill focuses on maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle for Wellness and Longevity (寿).
Wishing Tree Lantern Set Piece
In many cultures and traditions, wishing trees symbolise healing and fulfilling of one’s hopes and dreams. This River Hongbao 2020, we present to you a futuristic Wishing Tree with a spellbinding glow of mystery and wisdom. Do come forward and make a wish for yourself, your family and friends by throwing in coins or banknotes. To make the wishing more fun, have a go at striking the bells of blessings! All monies collected will be donated to charity.
Lantern Riddle Booth
The decorative theme for the lantern riddle booth is based on a vintage beaded curtain made from rolled-up recycled magazine paper. These colourful beaded strands were once popular during the hippie 60s. The bright colours and fun design will create a festive and joyous mood for you and your family whilst celebrating the Year of the Rat.