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Since 2005, fireworks have been a trademark of the New Year’s celebrations at Marina Bay.
But thanks to the coronavirus, this won’t happen in 2020.
Despite the restrictions in place, such an eye-catching display is sure to draw crowds, as we’ve already seen at Foot Locker.
That’s why fireworks will be set off closer to home this year.
Fireworks Display Going Virtual
In an effort to minimise crowds amidst the coronavirus, fireworks will be set off at 11 heartland locations across Singapore to usher in the new year.
Besides being a safety precaution, this will also bring the countdown experience closer to Singaporeans at home.
The displays will be going virtual for the first time.
They are part of year-end countdown community programmes organised by the People’s Association (PA).
This way, residents can participate in the celebrations in a “safe” way amid the pandemic, PA said on Wednesday (23 Dec).
Set Off at 11 Heartland Locations
The fireworks displays will take place at 11 heartland locations:
- Boon Lay
- Tiong Bahru
- Yew Tee
- Nanyang ward in West Coast GRC
The fireworks display will also be live-streamed at several of the 16 virtual engagements organised by PA to celebrate the new year.
Two countdown engagements will be held at Punggol Coast and Nee Soon South on 27 Dec.
Another two will take place at Clementi and Telok Blangah on 1 Jan.
The rest of the virtual engagements will take place on New Year’s Eve.
Residents will be able to share their wishes for the new year at these engagements, as well as participate in games and quizzes, and enjoy live performances.
Two Light Shows
There will also be two light shows at Marina Bay to celebrate the arrival of 2021.
For the first display, called “Share the Moment”, student artworks from various institutions will be projected on the facades of three landmarks in Marina Bay – The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, ArtScience Museum, and the Merlion.
These stunning projections will be on show nightly from 25 Dec to 31 Dec.
Organised in partnership with the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, it will depict Singaporeans coming together to help those in need.
The second light show, “Shine a Light”, will be visible for the entire month of December. It features a light-up of the Marina Bay skyline with 60 light beams shining from The Promontory.
Yes, the coronavirus pandemic is still raging across the globe, but who says we can’t celebrate the new year in style?
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