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The Chingay Parade is an annual parade held as part of the Chinese New Year festivities. Originally, the Chingay procession was held in celebration with the birthdays of the Chinese deities. Although the Chingay might have originated from China, today, it is no longer performed by only the Chinese. It has become a unique multiracial performance including the Malays and Indians.

Unlike before, Henry's parents took him to watch the procession this year. He was excited to be watching it live. according to the traditional lunar calendar, this year was the year of the dragon. not only that, it was the year of the water dragon, making it extra auspicious. To commemorate this, this year's Chingay parade would be incorporating some water elements into the performances.

At the site, the makeshift grandstands were already filled with people who were chatting loudly among themselves by the time Henry arrived. they had to search for quite a while before they managed to find seats. Before long, the celebrations began. the parade was a colorful spectacle of lights and sounds. There were enchanting performances by the various racial groups. There were even some international performances that captivated the crowd. It was truly a sight to behold.

That night, Henry was treated to an experience that he would never forget. In one night, the performances reflected the social cohesion, harmony and unity of the racial groups in Singapore. Henry could still feel the buzz of excitement as he made his way home. His favorite part of the parade was the visual display of fireworks that lit up the night sky at the end. He hoped that in the future, he would have more opportunities to watch the Chingay Parade live again.

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. Which word in paragraph one tells us that the Chingay Parade is held every year ?
  2. In what way does the Chingay Parade today differ from before ?
  3. Quote the two-word phrase in paragraph two which shows that this was Henry's first time watching the parade live.
  4. Explain fully what 'this ' in paragraph two refers to.
  5. Explain fully the two characteristics of the makeshift stands when Henry arrived.
  6. What does the phrase 'search for quite a while' (paragraph three) suggest about the time Henry arrived at the parade site ?
  7. In paragraph three, what does the 'colorful spectacle of lights and sounds' refer to ?
  8. Explain fully what 'it' in paragraph three refers to.
  9. How were the performances reflecting of Singapore's society ?
  10. From the last paragraph, how can we tell that Henry enjoyed the parade ?
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Answers
 

1.

The word is 'annual'
 

2.

Although it has its origins from China, the Chingay Parade now includes performances by other races.
 

3.

The phrase is 'unlike before'.
 

4.

It refers to the auspicious year of the water dragon.
 

5.

It was crowded and noisy.
  6. Henry was late in reaching the site.
  7. It refers to the performances during the Chingay Parade.
  8. It refers tot eh performances by international groups.
  9. They were put up by the different racial groups of Singapore.
  10. He hoped to have more opportunities to watch the parade live again.
 
 
 
 

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