Design Bridge Singapore celebrates Lunar New Year, The Year of the Tiger
- Feb 16, 2022
All around the world, many celebrate the Lunar New Year. During the 15 days, family and friends come together to celebrate with a range of rituals, activities, and, of course, food.
To mark the festivity, our Singapore and Shanghai studios celebrated together but also took a well-earned week off too. Keep scrolling to see how our studios across the Group celebrated the occasion...
In Singapore, we kicked off our Year of the Tiger festivities with the traditional Lion Dance - it's believed that having a lion grace your premises will bring you luck for the rest of the year! There are two main types of lion dance: The Northern Lion and the Southern Lion. And in Singapore, we predominantly see the Southern Lion, which has its roots in Guangdong, a Southern province of China that has contributed to much of today’s Chinese diaspora.
Here's Yi Jing from our Singapore studio to tell us a little more...
This year, our studio welcomed two lively lions to open the new year with a bang, signaling good luck and fortune. The lion dance troupe gave an impressive 30 minutes performance filled with vigor and fun surprises, wowing us with acrobatic and martial arts moves danced to rhythmic drums.
One of the highlights of the performance is when the lion "cai qing" (採青), literally meaning "plucking the greens", whereby the lion plucks the lucky green lettuce hung from a height. In Chinese, cǎi (採, pluck) sounds like cài (菜, vegetable) and also cái (财, fortune).
After a few more rounds of dancing, the lions lie low in silence for the most suspenseful part of the event. With a low rumbling drumbeat, the four dancers hiding beneath the lion costumes hurriedly peel some oranges and arrange them into lucky numbers that are believed to be lottery winning. During this time, the lions will occasionally spit vegetables and orange peels at the audience for good luck. Once they’re done arranging the oranges, the lions leap up to reveal the year’s lucky numbers, and the drums and cymbals roar back again for the final celebration.
It was then time to set off for our team dinners and the theme of the evening? Casino Tycoon – inspired by 90s Hong Kong cinema and its action-packed stories. And when it comes to dressing up, we can get a little competitive. Take a look below - you can judge who the real boss is this year!
We also received beautifully designed DB red packets, goodie bags, and two oranges each as our CNY lucky gifts.
Thanks Yi Jing!
Over in Shanghai, the team also got together for their annual CNY dinner, which was hosted at the local Black Stone restaurant. And their theme? Chinese Chic.
During the delicious dinner, the team was in for a magical treat as magicians came to each table to perform thrilling tricks, incredible illusions, and more.
And once the drinks were flowing, everyone was entered into a lucky draw for a chance to win some big prizes, which included: an iPhone, iPad, Nintendo Switch, Dyson Hairdryer, and of course, red packets.
And in true DB spirit, to end the night off, we proceeded to dance and drink the night away…
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Have a happy HUAT (prosperous) year ahead!
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