February 2, 2014
Traditionally, businesses usher in the new year with lion dances to the rousing beat of cymbals and drums. It is supposed to bring in good fortune and chase away bad luck. I was at Ngee Ann City this afternoon and saw the performance in the atrium, together with five floors of shoppers. The atmosphere was electric. In any other Asian country, there would have been firecrackers too, but not here. More than fifty years ago, a fire gutted a residential area and it was blamed on firecrackers. Since then, the government banned firecrackers! I am not complaining. It's quieter now.