In pictures: Chinatown welcomes Year of the Dog

In pictures: Chinatown welcomes Year of the Dog

Singapore CNY dog 2018
(Photo: Christy Yip)

SINGAPORE: Man's best friend is taking centrestage in Chinatown as it prepares to usher in the Year of the Dog. 

From the street decor to the line-up of festivities, dogs feature prominently in this year's celebrations. It's hard to miss the 11m-tall centrepiece - a family of dogs and puppies with a giant gold ingot, standing at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street.

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The 11m-tall centrepiece at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street. (Photo: Christy Yip)

The streets of Chinatown will be decorated with 2,188 handcrafted lanterns, including 88 larger-than-life dog lanterns. 

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Larger-than-life dog lanterns in Chinatown. (Photo: Christy Yip) 

They were designed in collaboration with students and faculty from the Singapore University of Technology for the seventh year in a row. A total of 37 master craftsmen were involved in making the lanterns. 

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Decorations at a street in Chinatown. (Photo: Christy Yip)

The annual street light-up will take place on Saturday (Jan 27) and go on until Mar 16. 

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Lanterns hanging above traffic in Chinatown. (Photo: Christy Yip)

A special dog-themed carnival will be held on Feb 3 at Kreta Ayer Square, where dog owners will be able to buy a variety of treats and outfits for their pets. There will also be a competition for dogs to turn up in their festive best.

china dog competition
Dogs dressed in their festive best.

chinatown dog competition

Organised by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizen's Consultative Committee, the theme for the 2018 Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown is "Blossoms of Happiness and Prosperity".

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The theme for Chinatown's Chinese New Year celebrations this year is "Blossoms of Happiness and Prosperity". (Photo: Christy Yip)

Source: CNA/ng

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