Singapore Festivals


Have you ever attended the Singapore festivals?? They are simply majestic and wonderful. This multi-cultural nation celebrates a wide array of colorful festivals throughout the year. The festivals of Singapore are primarily centered around age-old myths and traditions, religion and family. The cultural celebrations of Singapore are open to all. But you have to dress appropriately for the festivals. Every month of Singapore sees a festival which is celebrated with pomp and show.

The harmonious and peaceful society of Singapore celebrate the festivals in an elegant manner. So if you are in Singapore then you must relish the Singapore festivals which are a visual feast of color.



Check out the festivals of Singapore month-by-month.
January / February : The festivals of these months are :

Chinese New Year : This is one of the best festivals of Singapore. It is celebrated for 42 days during the month of January or February. It is the unique festive time of Singapore. It is the best time to visit Singapore. It is one of most special festivals of Singapore and you will get the liveliest events at Chinatown. The variant stalls are lined up in the streets which sell everything. Festivities rock the entire city which also encompasses the unique Chingay Parade, fireworks and music and dance performances. One more major event related to this new year festivity is River Hong Bao Festival.

Month Festivals
Chingay Parade : It is held in the month of January or February in the Orchard Road. It is the best street festival of Singapore. It celebrates the festival of Chinese New Year with samba dancers, lion dancers, stilt walkers and floats. The entire atmosphere is like that of a carnival.

Hari Raya Puasa : This is held on 19th January which denotes the end of Ramadan and celebrations for three days in January or February. Ramadan is the holy month for the Muslims. After sunset, the vendor stalls in the Arab street district near the Sultan Mosque sell food.

Thaipusam : This festival is celebrated on 31 January at Sri Thandayuthapani Temple and Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Little India. Seeking forgiveness from god, the male Hindu penitents carry enormous ' kavadi' and walk from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to Sri Thandayuthapani Temple. Kavadi is actually pierced in the body of the devotees via skewers and spikes. Thaipusam honors Lord Subramaniam and on this day the devotees fulfill vows or offer thanks to the deity.

Singapore River Hong Bao : This ceremony takes place in February for many days during the beginning of the Chinese New Year. The best thing is a variety show in which the local and regional artists perform. This festival is awesome with merchant kiosks, fireworks and hawker stalls.

March/ April / May : Browse your eyes through the festivals held during these months.

Singapore Fashion Festival : This festival takes place in the month of March and April. This fashion festival is an eye catcher as it offers a preview of the trendiest colors, styles and fabrics of the season. A series of exhibitions and fashion shows simply rock the festival. There are also product launches in this festival. You can also shop amidst the visual feasts and enjoy the ambience.

Vesak : It is celebrated during April or May in Singapore. Vesak Day celebrates the life of Buddha. During this occasion birds are released from the cages which symbolizes freedom of captive souls. The festival take place in the Buddhist temples and the Buddhist monks commemorate the entry of Lord Buddha into Nirvana as they chant holy sutras and release the caged birds. If you want to watch this then visit Lian Shan Shuang Lin Temple at Jalan Toa Payoh and Thai Buddhist temple at Jalan Bukit Merah.

Qing Ming Festival : This festival occurs on 5th April when the sun rises. The Chinese people visit the temples to offer prayers for the deceased. The family members of the deceased person burn incense and joss sticks. They also prepare feast for ancestors. If you want to see this ceremony then go to Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple at Sin Ming Avenue.

June : The festivals of June are :

Dragon Boat Race : This festival takes place in May or June in Marine Bay. This Singapore World Invitational Dragon Boat Races commemorates a famous poet's death who drowned himself for protesting political corruption. Many groups from all parts of the world take part in this competition.

Singapore Arts Festival : This festival is an eclectic mix of drama, music and dance from all parts of the globe. It is held in the month of June.

Dumpling Festival : It is one of the most popular Chinese festivals in Singapore. In this festival you will get glutinous rice desserts. It is the longest Dumpling Fair and includes Chinese orchestra performance, karaoke evening, lion dances and many others. Visit Albert Mall to join this festive mood where groups of rollerblades in the dress of dragons race down for clearing the obstacles in the mall.

July : The July festivals are :

Arts In The Park : It takes place throughout the month of July. In this festival theater and musical performances take place in the landscaped parks of Singapore. The music ranges from Chinese Orchestra to Percussion to Choir. You can also check out the exquisite theater performances.

Singapore Food Festival : It occurs in various venues in July. It is the melting point of sumptuous delicacies like Chinese, Malay, Indians and many more. Join the celebrations at Parco Bugis Junction from 2nd to 4th July.

Great Singapore Sale: This sale offers remarkable mark-downs and special discounts in many stores from May till July.

August/September : Watch out the festivals in August and September :

National Day : On 9th August, National Day is celebrated with great pomp and show. The festival encompasses fireworks galore and cultural dances.

Hungry Ghosts Festival : It occurs during August or September. It is believed by the Chinese that during this time the souls of the dead men roam in the earth. People burn incense at this time so that they are blessed and not disturbed by spirits. Food is also offered to the spirits.

Lantern Festival : This festival occurs twice a year in Chinese Garden and Chinatown. Chinese New Year's Full Moon marks the beginning of this festival. The primary attraction of the festival is Mooncake Fair as the street-stalls provide variant mooncakes and other things like fruits, pastries, ornamental lanterns etc. You can also watch out the Children's Lantern Parade during this festival.

October/November : The festivals during October and November are :

Deepavali : It is a Hindu Holiday which takes place in the solar months of October and November. The streets and temples of the Little India are festooned with garlands and lights while people gather at Sri Mariamman Temple barefooted. The devotees walk across a red hot ember pit. The celebrations begin at 2am and fire walking at 4 pm.

Gods Festival : It takes place in October or November at the Nine Emperor Gods Temple, Upper Serangoon Road. The people believe that Nine Emperor Gods bestow fortune and cure ailments when they visit the globe for nine days. The priests write charms with blood and each god is carried by eight men in a sedan chair.

Singapore River Buskers' Festival : It occurs in November. The street performers from all parts of the globe gather on the Orchard Road and the spectators can enjoy the comedians, magicians, mimes , jugglers etc.

December : The festivals of December are :

Christmas: It is celebrated in Singapore in December and the city is decorated with lights during this festival.

Singapore River Fiesta: The waterway of the city comes alive during fiesta. The events are held at the historic river of the nation.


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