Here’s what S’pore’s inaugural Chingay procession looked like in 1973
Not the extravaganza that Chingay has become today.
The Chingay parade is held annually as part of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Singapore.
Singapore’s first modern Chingay parade began in 1973, after firecrackers, a traditional accompaniment to Lunar New Year celebrations, were banned the previous year.
Here are some pictures of the inaugural Chingay parade in 1973.
Chingay, which is Hokkien for 妆艺 (Zhuang Yi), means “the art of costume and masquerade.”
The idea of the parade was mooted by then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1973. It was meant to replicate the noise and gaiety produced by firecrackers, a customary Lunar New Year practice to drive away evil spirits.
This year is Chingay’s 45th anniversary and will take place on February 10 – 11. Tickets are available here.
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Top image from NAS.