Chinese New Year decorations this 2021 have come under some public scrutiny.
But the spotlight is not only on CNY decorations in Chinatown.
The decorations at Canberra Plaza, featuring zodiac signboards, have since been flagged online due to their resemblance to tomb stones, which is regarded as inauspicious during this festive period.
On Jan. 27, one Jackcus Foong shared the pictures he took at Canberra Plaza on Facebook group, "Let's go, Singapore".
The caption he wrote translates to, "I truly admire this designer", with a laugh-cry emoji and hashtags of "do you see what I see", "are we thinking the same", "Canberra Plaza", and "12 zodiac fortune signboards".
The strange curved design at the top of the rectangular signboard paired with the heavy base resemble ancestral tablets and tomb stones.
The dim lighting and arrangement of the signboards in a row further adds to the ominous vibe.
Commenters online have gathered to share their amusement and bewilderment at yet another unconventional design for festive decorations this Chinese New Year.
"There's flowers, now we only need the candles and offerings"
"Is it going to be Qing Ming Festival soon?"
"Such talent... The festive decorations have been very creative these recent years, normal people are unable to understand"
"Why didn't anyone offer incense?"
"The tomb stones of the 12 zodiac animals"
"Do you know what the designer is thinking? Now, it is trendy to be eco-friendly! We can reuse it for the upcoming Qing Ming Festival."
Some have noted the decorations' potential to be reused for Qing Ming Festival that falls on Apr. 4 this year.
Known as Tomb-sweeping Day or Chinese Memorial Day, it marks a yearly ritual for Chinese families to visit the tombs of ancestors to pray and make ritual offerings to the departed.
CNY Zodiac fortune displays
Zodiac fortune displays are a common sight across shopping malls and community centres in Singapore during Chinese New Year.
However, they generally look like rectangular posters and do not bear any resemblance to any prayer paraphernalia.
Top images by Jackcus Foong and Canberra Plaza on Facebook.