I was fascinated with the Siberian reindeer herders when I first read about them in Genesis, a monograph by Sebastio Salgado. This was in 2013 and it left an indelible impression on me. In March 2019, I finally travelled to the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, where approximately 40,000 Nenets and 20,000 Khanty still work as traditional reindeer herders.
Held once a year, the Chingay parade first took place on 4 February 1973. It was conceived by the late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew as a compensation for the ban on firecrackers. The ban was viewed unfavourably by Singaporeans, as it was perceived to dampen the festive mood of Chinese New Year.