As firecrackers pop, lanterns glow & the streets burst with crimson and gold, it's time to bid farewell to overpriced cabs & hit the road with Drive lah for the Chinese New Year adventure in the year of the dragon.

Before we jump to the 12 things to do during this Chinese New Year in Singapore, let us look at the Chinese zodiac and it's significance.

Chinese Zodiac and Element Theory:​

The Chinese zodiac is a system that assigns an animal and its reputed attributes to each year in a repeating 12-year cycle. These animals are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. In addition to the animal sign, each year is also associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. This combination creates a 60-year cycle, as each element is associated with two consecutive zodiac signs.

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Year of the Wood Dragon:

The Year of the Wood Dragon is a unique and special year in the Chinese zodiac. Dragons are symbolic of power, strength, and good fortune. Individuals born in the Year of the Dragon are believed to possess confidence, ambition, charisma, and a strong sense of responsibility. They are also associated with creativity, intelligence, and energy.

Significance of Wood:

In the Chinese element theory, wood represents growth, flexibility, abundance, kindness, generosity, and strong morals. The choice of wood as the element for a particular year adds additional characteristics to the dragon sign. It signifies a period of growth, adaptability, and the potential for positive change. Those born in the Year of the Wood Dragon may be seen as individuals with a strong moral compass, open to new ideas, and capable of navigating various situations with grace.

Celebrating the Year of the Wood Dragon:

Now, as we enter the Year of the Wood Dragon, it's time for celebrating and embracing the positive energy associated with this unique combination.

Now let's get to the fun part, 12 things to do during this Chinese New Year in Singapore:

Family Reunion:

First things first, family reunion! Round up your aunties, uncles, and rambunctious cousins into a spacious Drive lah SUV – think Hyundai Tucson or MG – and cruise to Grandma's place in style. No more squabbling over who gets shotgun; there's plenty of room for everyone. 

Temple Hopping:

Forget the tourist traps – your Chinese New Year road trip starts with a spiritual journey! Hop into a zippy car like the Mitsubishi Space Star and weave through the bustling streets to uncover hidden gems. From the majestic Buddha Tooth Relic Temple to the serene Siong Lim Temple, each stop is a feast for the senses and a chance to pray for good fortune in the new year. 

Lion Dance:

No Chinese New Year celebration is complete without a good lion dance! Drive lah's fleet of hatchbacks (think Honda Jazz) is perfect for squeezing into those narrow alleyways and catching the most electrifying performances. Follow the rhythmic clash of cymbals and the energetic leaps of the lions. 

Yusheng Feast!

It's time to toss your way to prosperity! Gather your friends in a car such as the Toyota Estima or Honda Freed 7 seater and head to your favorite restaurant for a yusheng feast. This vibrant salad symbolizes abundance and good luck, so mix it up with gusto!

Nightscapes and Night Markets:​

As the sun dips below the horizon, the city transforms into a dazzling spectacle. Rent a car from Drive lah's sleek coupes (think Audi A3 or Mercedes Benz C200) are perfect for cruising along the waterfront and soaking in the glittering lights. Then, dive into the vibrant night markets for a taste of Chinese New Year magic. From sizzling satay to technicolor candy floss, there's something for everyone. 

Chingay Parade

No Chinese New Year celebration is complete without the Chingay Parade! Jump into a car like the BMW X1 or Toyota Raize and grab the best spot along the parade route. Be amazed by the dazzling floats, the pulsating drumbeats, and the acrobatic feats that will leave you speechless. With Drive lah, you can arrive early, claim your spot, and soak in the festive atmosphere without breaking a sweat.

Events taking place for Chinese New Year 2024 

Chinese New Year celebrations at Marina Square

Dates: 6 January – 24 February 2024

Soar into the Year of the Dragon at Marina Square's Central Atrium Spring Garden. Explore the 12 zodiac characters amid cherry blossom trees, participate in dragon's beard candy-making workshops, and enjoy lion dance performances. Don't miss the appearances by the God of Fortune and discover your fortune forecasts for the year.

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Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay

Dates: 19 January – 17 March 2024

Gardens By the Bay presents Dahlia Dreams, featuring a majestic dragon centerpiece made of over 1,000 dahlias. Collaborating with beneficiaries from Dementia Singapore, the floral display includes eight dragons symbolizing different elements. A visually stunning showcase with a touch of philanthropy.

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Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2024

Dates: 16 January – 25 February 2024

The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall hosts the Wan Qing Festival of Spring, offering festive drumming workshops, temple tours, heritage trails, and unique outdoor installations. Enjoy lion and dragon dance performances, storytelling sessions, and craft activities for families. A diverse lineup of programs celebrating the Chinese New Year.

River Hongbao 2024

Dates: 8 – 17 February 2024 

One of Singapore's grandest Chinese New Year events, River Hongbao 2024 promises a spectacular experience. From giant lantern installations and stage performances to a cultural exhibition and a food street, it's a comprehensive celebration. Head to Gardens By the Bay for a stunning Prosperous Year of the Dragon centerpiece.

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Starlit Dragon Spectacular

Dates: 10th to 18th Feb 2024: ​

Giant LED dragon to herald the new year. Enjoy an exciting drum performance, a narrative about the five elements, and the entrance of an 88-meter-long LED dragon blessing the crowd with peace and prosperity.

Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Singapore

Dates: 27 January – 25 February 2024

Celebrate Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Singapore with shows like Po’s Dojo: The Dragon of Dreams, lantern displays inspired by popular films, and the Dragon of Destiny show. Meet and greet your favorite characters from Minions, Shrek, and Madagascar. These events provide a diverse range of experiences, allowing locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the joyous celebrations of the Lunar New Year across Singapore. 

Your Drive lah: The Chinese New Year Chariot of Choice:

From spacious SUVs to zippy hatchbacks, Drive lah has the perfect car for your Chinese New Year adventure. No matter your family size or budget, we've got you covered. And with our convenient app, you can book a car in seconds, so why wait? Keep a look out on our Facebook and Instagram for the best offers. Don't wait, Book now!

So, this Chinese New Year, ditch the ordinary and hit the road with Drive lah. Remember, with Drive lah cars are available for rent per hour or for a day. Choose personally owned, well-maintained cars with comprehensive insurance for your next trip. 

So, buckle up, crank up the festive tunes, and let the good times roll!

Happy Chinese New Year from Drive lah, your favourite car rental in Singapore.