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5 Festivals in Singapore: Experience the Multi-Ethnic Culture – Festivals that highlight local culture

Singapore is an amazing place where east seems to meet west. The population of the country is made up of those from so many different Asian cultures, however, the colonial rule that the country went through has left its mark here as well. Here are a few festivals that symbolise the diversity of the nation.

1

Pongal

The festivals in Singapore begin with Pongal which is a festival celebrated by the Hindus in the month of January. The Indian community of Singapore celebrate this festival on a grand scale. Entering the streets of Little India will bring a pop of colour to your eyes during this period. The entire place is decorated in floats that are beautifully lit up. Every shop and residence are bright with colour. It is the festival where the devotees offer thanksgiving to the sun god for the plentiful harvest obtained during the year. Hit the street stalls for some Indian delights and you might even get the opportunity to view a few traditional dances. Hotels in Little India Singapore will also have special meal offers for celebrations.

2

Chinese New Year

This festival needs no introduction and is commonly celebrated in many parts of the world. Singapore is no exception! This is a festival that most locals celebrate in Singapore and during the preparations, the Chines clean their homes in belief that they are clearing the place from bad luck and making room for the good luck to fill their homes. This festival is also known as the Spring festival and is celebrated for 14 days at a stretch. The locals decorate their houses in red and gold and hand over gifts or red envelopes of money to the little ones. Chinatown is filled with flashes of red and gold during this period and if you are lucky, you might even spot the famous Chinese Dragon dance.

3

Vesak Day

This is a festival that is celebrated by all Buddhists across the globe. It commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. The festival falls on a full moon day in the month of May. The Buddhist devotees visit the temple on this day and pay homage to Buddha with offerings of flowers. You will also see them using the time to meditate and self-reflect. Selfless acts are also done during this period.

4

Hari Raya Puasa

Hari Raya Puasa is the festival that takes place after Ramazan fasting has come to an end. It is the festival that celebrates the renewal of an individual. Muslim devotees will be dressed in new clothes and visit family and friends and the graves of loved ones ho have passed away. But the best part of it all is the feast that they cook up in order to celebrate the festival.

5

Singapore National Day

This special day falls on the 9th of August each year and is celebrated by all Singaporeans. Expect to see a brilliant display of fireworks, parades and so much more. It is the day when the locals celebrate their freedom and harmony with one another. If you happen to be lodged at Park Hotel Farrer Park step out of your hotel and roam the streets to check out the celebrations.