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NewsAsia 1 Jan 07
Time to tear down festive decorations after Christmas
By Farah Abdul Rahim
SINGAPORE: Christmas is over, so it's time to bring down the decorations across Orchard Road and other buildings dressed up for the festive season. The bright lights dancing across Orchard Road have made many shutterbugs happy and added some cheer for shoppers, but now that the festive season is coming to a close and the decorations have served their purpose, they'll be taken down.
"3 years ago when we did the Peranakan theme, we were actually approached by a charity. So we actually donated some of them that's relevant and depending on the props that we have each year. Sometimes, we do have customers coming to us who want to buy them, so we do sell some of them and sometimes we do keep them for future use or for whatever other events that we may have along the year," said Ellen Yeo, Vice-President, Store Management, Tangs.
With the Lunar New Year in February, retailers plan to re-use some of the decorations. "Every year is a new theme, but we will sort of adapt our decorations for Chinese New Year, so the basic structure is re-used, but of course it will be suitably adjusted so that it's appropriate for Chinese New Year," said Tong Kok Wing, GM, Frasers Centrepoint Malls.
48,000 metres of rope lights and some 46,000 metres of fairy lights were used for the 4 kilometre-long Christmas Light-up along Orchard Road. Rich-Art Enterprises, which was behind it, says it will check the lights after they are taken down. If they are still in working condition, they will be re-used. If they are not, they will then be discarded.
Organisers say more than 1,000 bejewelled birds hanging from Orchard Road to Marina Bay will also be thrown away, together with other decorative items. - CNA /dt
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