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Chingay NE Show 2018
As the school celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year, we truly recognise that Our Past - A Present For The Future rings true. The various situations and circumstances in the past have resulted in the birth of Chingay. The word Chingay is equivalent to the Mandarin zhuang yi (妆艺), which means "the art of costume and masquerade" in the Hokkien dialect.
The first formal Chingay Parade in Singapore was mooted by the then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who was also the chairman of the People's Association (PA). Chingay, with all its noise and gaiety, would compensate for the ban on firecrackers, a customary New Year practice to drive away evil spirits.
Chingay took on a multicultural flavour from 1976.
Today, Chingay has become a uniquely Singaporean Lunar New Year tradition, held during the first weekend of the Lunar New Year. This yearly street parade is now a national festival, celebrated by Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians alike.
Our Primary 4 students were very privileged to be able to be part of the parade and witness how people of different races, religions and nationalities could come together to celebrate as one.