In Singapore, Lunar New Year means two days off work for everyone, even though the celebration is traditionally more important to the ethnic Chinese population than to other Singapore residents. Many people visit the traditional Chinatown on New Year's Eve for a parade and countdown to the New Year. Just as in Taiwan, spending time with family is very important.
Fireworks, firecrackers, confetti, and floats help create a festive atmosphere in the streets, while restaurants offer special dinners and food stands sell traditional treats like waxed duck, sweet meats and cookies.
Singapore also marks the fall of the city to Japanese forces on Lunar New Year, calling it Self Defense Day, but the New Year festivities are by far more important.