Saturday, January 28, 2017

Celebrating the Year of the Golden Rooster

Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan / youthjournalism.org
This is the Year of the Golden Rooster in the Chinese zodiac calendar. Effigies of roosters are omnipresent in Singapore's Chinatown for the Lunar New Year celebration.
 

Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan / youthjournalism.org
Thousands of people filled up the streets and alleyways of Singapore's Chinatown on the eve of the Lunar New Year.

Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan / youthjournalism.org
The color red is ubiquitous during the Lunar New Year period, as it's seen as an auspicious color in Chinese culture. These lanterns are hung on strings along the streets of Singapore, illuminating the path below.

Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan / youthjournalism.org
Workers selling sweets at the Lunar New Year Night Market at Chinatown, Singapore.

Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan / youthjournalism.org
Giving sweets to loved ones is a Lunar New Year tradition. In multi-cultural Singapore, citizens of every ethnicity join in, giving gifts to their Chinese friends and money in red packets (Ang Pows) to children.

Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan / youthjournalism.org
Colored flower lanterns and other decorations for the Lunar New Year brighten a roadway in Singapore.
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