FightSaber Singapore was invited by the 501st Legion Singapore Garrison to participate in this year’s Chingay Parade, together with the Cathar Base Singapura Rebel Legion and the Galactic Academy Hosnian Prime Campus. This is the first time all 4 LFL groups were represented at an event right here in Singapore.
The word Chingay is equivalent to the Mandarin zhuang yi (妆艺), which means “the art of costume and masquerade” in the Hokkien dialect. This national event is also the largest street performance and float parade in Asia. From the main parade site to the heartlands, this street extravaganza epitomises the dynamism of Singapore’s vibrant and multicultural society.
For its first street parade on 4 February 1973, the PA teamed up with the Singapore National Pugilistic Federation for a grand show in the Year of the Ox, depicting aspects of Chinese culture – dragon and lion dances, martial arts and street opera. So well received was the first Chingay Parade that the PA made it an annual festival.
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.
Thank you 501st Legion Singapore Garrison for the invite. Hopefully, we get to join this exciting parade again next year!
Check out more photos on FightSaber Singapore’s Facebook album below.