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River Hongbao 2014 celebrations to begin on Wednesday

The annual River Hongbao celebrations will begin on Wednesday night to usher in the Year of the Horse.

SINGAPORE: The annual River Hongbao celebrations will begin on Wednesday night to usher in the Year of the Horse.

This year's celebrations will see more young Singaporeans volunteering compared to last year, while educational and interactive elements will also feature in the festivities.

The celebrations will be held at the Floating Platform @ Marina Bay, and features larger-than-life lantern displays, and local and regional performances by groups such as the Yunnan Opera Theatre and Taipei University of the Arts.

Visitors will get a chance to savour traditional new year delicacies, purchase handicrafts, and watch 'live' demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting.

The celebrations will last till February 8.

Low Yen Ling, parliamentary secretary at the Ministry of Social and Family Development, said: "We hope to impart the unique culture and values of the Chinese community.

"Having said that, this is a very important multi-racial, multi-cultural celebration platform for all Singaporean families. In fact, we are very happy to see an increase in the participation amongst the non-Chinese ethnic groups and amongst the younger Singaporeans." 

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