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Despite the constant rain throughout the day, many visitors still went ahead to visit the Istana on the first and second day of Lunar New Year during its open house. The Istana received 17,554 visitors during the first full-scale open house since the COVID-19 pandemic. Performances returned to this year’s event between 8:30AM and 6PM, including musical performances by students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Young Talents, including piano, violin and guzheng performances.

These were attended by President Halimah Yacob and her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee. They later mingled and took photos with members of the public. The event was open to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents free of charge. In addition to the various performances provided, visitors could also participate in activities such as Chinese calligraphy, making candles and visiting the henna farm. President Halimah wrote Chinese phrases using ink which read “Welcoming the Year of the Rabbit with Peace”.

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