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Singapore Festivals

Pongal, Chinese New Year, Thaipusam, Lantern Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival), Vesak Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Hari Raya Puasa, Singapore National Day, Deepavali, Hari Raya Haji, Hungry Ghost Festival and many more.

Mainland Singapore is an exuberant celebration of life all through the year in itself. More so, the festivals in Singapore are even more a reason to experience the extravaganza and vibrancy that this country lures people all across the globe. Singapore festivals are way more than just festivals. They are the honest reflection of its opulence in culture, ethnicity, and multi-hued traditions.

Whether there’s Pongal for Tamilians, Deepawali for the Hindus, Christmas for the Christians, or Lantern Festival for the kids and adults, Singapore makes it a gala time for everyone. Multi-ethnicity, multi-culture, and multi traditions during festivals all year round bring together people and light up the streets and markets of Singapore and their homes in a festive spirit. Must checkout Singapore Parks and get drowned in the beauty of it. During the festive season there are several Activities to Do in Singapore for Couples and Kids Activities in Singapore used to take place that are just amazing to take part in.

Here are some of the festivals that are celebrated in Singapore:

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01

Pongal

Rejoicing a bountiful harvest and thanking the Sun god for his blessings mark the beginning of a Tamilian extravaganza. Pongal is celebrated by Tamilians every year during the tenth month of the Tamil Calendar that falls around mid-January. It is one of the most celebrated festivals in Singapore owing to a decent Tamilian population in the country

People throw away their old possessions and bask in new beginnings. Furthermore, a big celebration involving thanksgiving ceremonies and cooking a smorgasbord of cuisines mark the beginning of this auspicious festival of Pongal. Singapore celebrates Pongal for four days. Head down to celebrate this f
estivals in Singapore and drown in the colors of the festivities.  


Date
- January 15, 2020, to January 18, 2020. 

Location
- Campbell Lane in Little India

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Chinese New Year

Catch a lion or two dancing while you marvel at the flurry of celebrations that take place during the Chinese New Year in Singapore. Celebrated for 15 days at a stretch, Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the new Lunar calendar. The entire island is lit up and adorned with red all over during this adorable Singapore festivals night. Moreover, the island gleams with Chinese words on the roads and festive air to breathe in. This is the best festival in Singapore to celebrate the new year of China.

Celebrated on the second new moon after the winter solstice, this festival begins with people getting rid of negative energies in their homes through spring cleaning. Take a walk in the night markets and get ready to be smitten by lights and festivities. Chinese New Year brings families close while they feast together and pray to their ancestors.

Date
- January 25, 2020

Location
- Houses and Night Markets

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03

Thaipusam

With a vibrant mix of ethnicity, Singapore is home to Hindu Tamilians and more. Thaipusam is one of the most significant Singapore festivals that observes a thousand Hindu devotees thanking Lord Murugan for his blessings and gifts.

Did you know that the preparations start a month before the actual festival with all the devotees following a strictly vegetarian diet? A long procession with takes place wherein the devotees carry Kavadi while their bodies are pierced. They take this as a ceremonial sacrifice for Lord Murugan. Also, Kavadi is intricately decorated with colors and flowers. All of this is complemented by the sound of traditional drums and foot tapping beats during this festivals in Singapore.

Date
- February 8, 2020 

Location
- A long procession through the streets takes place

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04

Lantern Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival)

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Marking the end of the autumn harvest and ascension of the Moon goddess Chang E to the moon, Mid-Autumn festival in Singapore observes a thousand lanterns lit by kids and families while they sit back and bask in the glory of the moon after dusk.

The kids nibble on mooncakes while the families host moon-viewing parties and drink in Cassia Wine.  Take a walk down the Chinatown and get yourself some of the most beautiful examples of craftsmanship and artistry. The lanterns lighting up the alley will take your breath away.

Date
- September 13, 2019

Location
- Chinatown 

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Vesak Day

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Marking the auspicious birth, enlightenment, and death of the great Lord Buddha, Vesak day is one of the most significant and holiest Singapore festivals. Vesak day falls on the 15th day of the fourth month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

The devotees get together to host a myriad of colorful prayer flags, light candles, and incense sticks and sing hymns as offerings to Lord Buddha.

Date
- May 7, 2020

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Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival is one of the most delightful and historically significant festivals in Singapore. As a tribute to Qu Yuan – A political minister known for his honesty, Dragon Boat festival observes long boats racing with heads like that of dragon’s being rowed at the pace of the drums being played.

Singapore witnesses' people cheering up for their favorite team while the flags are waved with much enthusiasm. The Dragon Boat Festival is a pure blend of camaraderie and patriotism.

Date
- June 7, 2019

Location
- Marina Reservoir

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07

Hari Raya Puasa

The end of Ramzan brings about a time to celebrate and rejoice in the love of Allah. Hari Raya Puasa is one of the holiest festivals of Muslims in Singapore. Following a visit to the mosques early in the morning, all the Muslims go and visit the graves of their loved ones. Hari Raya Puasa is the most famous festival in Singapore to celebrate the Sparkle of lights.This is the best lighten festivals in Singapore.

Their homes are lit since the 20th day of Ramzan till the Hari Raya Puasa day.  Furthermore, it’s a time of celebration and people consider it as the day that brings positivity and goodness in their lives.

Date
- May 23, 2020

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08

National day

Marking the day Singapore achieved independence, National Day is a celebration of freedom itself. If you find yourself smitten by red and white all across the island, consider yourself in the best of the spirits of the National Day. Parades take place showcasing the discipline and camaraderie of the army. And people love to celebrate this festivals in Singapore.

Furthermore, an extravaganza of multicultural song and dance performances attracts the crowd from everywhere. Also, the vibrant energy and the beautiful displays along with some mind-blowing firework will make you never want to leave. 

Date
-  August 9 every year.

Location
- Float at Marina Bay

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09

Deepavali

Brace yourself for a good light show and festivities if you happen to be in Singapore on Deepavali.Known to celebrate the victory of good over evil, Deepavali is one of the most culturally opulent festivals in Singapore.

People light up their houses, exchange gifts and sweets and host dinner parties with a delicious smorgasbord of authentic Indian cuisine. 
Little India is decked up with strings, floral garlands, and lights a day before the actual celebration and people take a hundred photographs while they exchange conversations with each other. 

Date
- October 27, 2019

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Hari Raya Haji

Also known as the festival of sacrifice, Hari Raya Haji is a famous Singapore festival for commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s trust in God and his willingness to sacrifice his own son for him. The devout dress up and go to mosques to offer prayers and listen to sermons.

Although it is basically a celebration, cows, sheep, lambs, and goats are sacrificed for God in a ceremony known as ‘Korban’. The sacrificial animal is later cleaned and cooked to devour which is followed by Muslims visiting each other’s place and conversing over lavish meals.  

Date
- August 11, 2019. 

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Hungry Ghost Festival

Alright, you can’t chicken out now. The Hungry Ghost Festival is a Chinese festival that is believed to be the festival when the dead roam the Earth. Scared? Don’t be. As long as you are making offerings to them, you can steer clear from the products of their mischief and it is one of the unique Singapore festival.

The ghosts are believed to have material needs in their afterlife which are taken care of by the people when they leave money, cars, pieces of jewelry, etc. outside in the bins to please their dead relatives. Furthermore, Chinese operas and lavish dinners are organized in Ang Mo Kio and Yishun to have these ghosts fed well with food and entertainment. 

Date
- 15th August every year

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12

Singapore International Festival of Arts

Promoting various art forms like music, dance, and visual arts, Singapore International Festivals of Arts hosted by the Arts House Limited is one of its kinds in Singapore.If you’re an art fanatic, this is the place for you. From art exhibitions to Shakespeare on the stage, you’ll be witnessing a blend at this annual festival in Singapore.

Date 
- During the months of May and June.

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Singapore River Festival

Singapore festival, River festival is an exuberant showcasing of multi-cultures, arts, music, and dance by the waters in Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, Empress Place, and Robertson Quay along the Singapore River every year for a week. Speaking of, this festival observes magicians, fun parades, and DJs grooving it up to make you sway and be thankful for life and if anyone is in Singapore during September and October one must attend this Singapore festival.

You can even show your admiration for entertainment, dining, and good food while you’re at it. Singapore River festival is one of its kinds that lets you lose and chill forgetting the worries in the world for a week. 

Date
- Around September and October this year.

Location
- Singapore River

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Chingay

Singapore Festival, Chingay Parade in Singapore is the celebration of the Lunar New Year. Get yourself lost in the party with masquerades and costumes. Chingay is a Chinese word that means the art of costume and masquerade. Hence, the celebration. Do you like exploring different cultures and backgrounds?

This annual extravaganza is just what you need to attend to witness a breathtaking amalgamation of a myriad of cultures celebrating life. From dance to music, a colossal cultural performance happens by the people belonging to different ethnicity. Did you know that this one is Asia’s largest street performance and float parade? 

Date
- February  

Location
- Street parade

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15

Christmas

You don’t need to build snowmen to rejoice in the spirit of Christmas. Singapore with it's over the top Christmas spirit, decked up streets, lit boulevards, and lip-smacking dishes is everything you could ever ask for this Christmas and it is one of the best festival in Singapore.


Take a walk along the Orchard Road and marvel at the lit up festivities. Furthermore, Yuletide menus are available everywhere to best feel Christmas. The island becomes a happy amalgamation of multi-cultures celebrating life and happiness. 

Date
- December 25 every year.

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Singapore Food Festival

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Food festivals are a big part of the culture in Singapore, and the Singapore Food Festival is no exception. As a demonstration for fresh culinary innovation, this food festival in Singapore serves as a launch pad for newcomers to show off their talents.

Due to their prevalence in local cuisine, the mainstays of Singapore's Food Festival are always supposed to be noodle dishes, soups, and dumpling dishes. Singaporean authentic dishes such as the Bak Kut Teh and wanton mee are also among the offerings at this food festival. Toast with soft-boiled eggs, crabs and stingray meat seem to be on the menu too in this gastronomical delight.

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  1. Which are the famous food festivals in Singapore?

    1. Singapore Food Festival: Dedicated to the uplifting of the local cuisine and fresh talents of the country, this festival in Singapore offers a great variety of food items that you cannot help but feel your mouth water at the mere sight.  

    2. Michelin Guide Street Food Festival: The opportunity to taste some of the delicious dishes of street foods from the Michelin starred food shops is bound to make you more hungry than ever.

    3. World Food Fair: Celebrated in September for, over a period of four days, this particular food festival displays the Korean, Asian, and Chinese delicacies. Even amidst the various international cuisines, the local foods are a crowd favorite.  

    4. Yummy Food Expo: Celebrated for almost four days in the month of June, this food festival offers more than a thousand food items. The Singaporean cuisine and the diversity of the eateries available will make you hungry the moment you get in. 

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  2. What are the main festivals to celebrate in Singapore?

    1. Thaipusam: Essentially a Tamilian Hindu festival where the devotees worship Lord Murugan, it is now celebrated with grandeur in Singapore festival. Long processions with drums and several people carrying a Kavadi can be seen. 

    2. Chinese New Year: Celebrated for almost 15 days, the festive mood of the Chinese New Year will fill your spirit with positive energy. The prominence of the color red can be seen all over.

    3. Dragon Boat Festival: This festival consists of boats with the front adorned with the head of a dragon to pay homage to a political figure in Singapore, Qu Yuan. There are races, and people accumulate in large numbers to cheer for their team with great enthusiasm. 

    4. Christmas: Singapore definitely knows how to imbibe the spirit of Christmas by lighting up its streets and making Yuletide menus widely available. A stroll along Orchard Road and you will be star-struck by the overall beauty.

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  3. Why is the Mid-Autumn festival famous in Singapore?

    The mid autumn festival in Singapore is celebrated as a way to say thank you to the gods. Today, this festival in Singapore is a joyous occasion with delectable mooncakes, exciting moon- viewing parties and lantern traditions. It provides a colorful background for visitors as well as locals to enjoy the Lion City.

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  4. What is the best time to visit Singapore?

    December through June is the greatest time of year for a trip to Singapore's magnificent cityscape. Many of Singapore's finest tourist spots are open throughout these warm and dry months. Because of the prolonged dry weather, people may spend more time outside throughout the summer months of February through April.

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  5. Which are the best night festivals to enjoy in Singapore?

    1.Singapore Night Festival-In the summer, Singapore's Bras Basah Bugis arts and history district is transformed into a week-long event as part of the Singapore Night Festival. Light installations and projections on building facades will provide illumination for the neighbourhood. The festival, organised by the National Heritage Board, features a wide range of cultural, theatrical, and musical events that reflect Singapore's rich multiculturalism.

    2.Mid Autumn Festival -
    Upon the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with a full moon, the Mid-Autumn Festival is observed as a harvest festival in the Chinese community. Lanterns and other decorations around the city mark the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore. A lantern walk, fireworks, and a bazaar are all part of the festivities in Chinatown. A floating lantern, cultural events, and a food court are just a few of the other highlights of Gardens by the Bay.

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    Make a night out even more memorable with the addition of a light art show and a bright Singapore Festival (and Instagrammable). Because I Light uses energy-efficient lights and eco-friendly materials, the installations are even more remarkable. These actions go a long way toward making this a long-lasting celebration of light art. Since its inception in 2010, the I Light event has risen in popularity.

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    1.Enjoy the original Duck tours-It takes around an hour and a half to complete the award-winning Ducktours trip in an aquatic vehicle. In the Civic District, travellers board a boat and ride by landmarks like the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands on a tour of the city's waterfront.

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