goat lanterns
The Chinese New Year light up ceremony is this week, ushering in the year of the goat.

The Official Chinese New Year light up ceremony takes place this coming weekend, along with other awesome frugal events such as Eco Day Out @ South West and the Really Really Free Market (just in time for Spring cleaning!). Also, be sure to check out Thaipusam later on in the week (that is, if you can stomach it).

Thursday 29 Jan & Friday 30 Jan

  • New2U Thrift Shop Half Price Day, 10.30am – 2.30pm – On the last 2 working days of the month, all items (except for books, jewelry, watches & toys) are 50% off. (venue: New2U Thrift Store, 96 Waterloo St)

Saturday 31 Jan

  • Chinatown Chinese New Year 2015 Light-Up & Opening Ceremony, 6 – 10pm – Against a dynamic and hi-tech stage backdrop, be entertained by the awe-inspiring staging visual effects and spectacular live performances; musical skits, songs, dance, acrobatic performances and martial arts performed by talented performers from Singapore and China performing troupes. For more than a month following the ceremony, the streets will remain lit with 338 goat lanterns in a refreshing and innovative design conceptualised by SUTD. (venue: New Bridge Road & Eu Tong Sen Street)chinatown festival
  • Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) Workshop, 10 – 11.30am – Offered by the Office of the Public Guardian, this free talk introduces you to the LPA, a legal document that empowers you to make considerate choices about your personal welfare and finances in the event of losing your mental capacity. Registration is required. (venue: TKP Conference Center Raffles Place, 55 Market Street #03-01)
  • Anatomy of a Will Seminar, 2:30pm – Learn about the ABC’s of a Will (Assets, Beneficiaries, & Clauses) in this free talk. Registration is required. (venue: International Plaza, 10 Anson Road #06-17)
  • Really Really Free Market (RRFM) Singapore, 2 – 7pm – The RRFM movement is a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy of giving and building a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all. Everything is free! Come share your stuff (books, cds, toys, food, etc) or skills (tarot card reading, hair cutting, poetry writing, singing, etc) by giving them to others who need them! (venue: The Mill, 5 Jalan Kilang) really free market
  • Void Deck Festival, 2 – 6pm – Celebrate community spirit in the heartlands at the Void Deck Festival with artwork, music, and performances around the theme of the “Inside & Outside” experiences of living in an HDB estate, which are often overlooked. Participants can expect to play a part in making and experiencing art that deals with our day-to-day housing environment. (venue: Block 842 Tampines Street 82)void deck

Sunday 1 Feb

  • Eco Day Out @ South West, 8.30am – 12pm – It’s time for spring cleaning again, so bring your recyclables (including clothing, light bulbs, and newspapers) to “Clean Up @ South West” to redeem groceries (rice and drinks) with coupons. There will be fun workshops, games and activities for the whole family. (venue: Hong Kah North CC, 30 Bukit Batok Street 31) eco day out

Monday 2 Feb

  • Great Online Shopping Festival, 2 – 4 Feb – Google has just teamed up with DBS and SingPost to launch a 3-day shopping extravaganza. Supported by Spring Singapore, this 3-day event features amazing online deals from over 50 participating shops including AirBnB, Agoda, Courts, Lazada, Luxola, Qoo10, RedMart, and Zalora. The GOSF was first started by Google India in 2012 and was modeled after the western Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events. This is the first the GOSF to come to Singapore.

Tuesday 3 Feb & Wednesday 4 Feb

  • Thaipusam – Held during the full moon of the 10th Tamil month, called Thai, Thaipusam is a Hindu festival that is celebrated each year within the Tamil community in Singapore. On this day, some devotees pierce their tongues with skewers while others pull a Kavadi on wheels attached by hooks to their upper back skin while on a 5 km walk from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple along Serangoon Road to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple on Tank Road. Relatives and well-wishers assist and encourage the devotees by chanting prayers or singing devotional songs. (venue: Little India, from Serangoon Road to Tank Road) thaipusam

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