Singapore is a country with a rich cultural heritage and its many festivals and celebrations reflect this diversity. From Chinese New Year to i Light Singapore, Singaporeans celebrate a wide range of holidays throughout the year. We highlighted ten of the top festivals in Singapore, each festival offers a unique glimpse into the country’s rich cultural heritage.
Let’s Celebrate Singapore’s Festivals Together From Lanterns to Mooncakes
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals in the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated by Chinese Singaporeans in January or February every year. The festival is marked by feasting, dragon and lion dances, and the exchange of red envelopes filled with money.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the biggest celebration in the Muslim calendar and marks the end of Ramadan. It is celebrated by Malay Singaporeans with feasting, prayers, and visits to family and friends.
Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated in October or November each year. It is marked by the lighting of oil lamps with candles and the exchange of gifts and the sharing of traditional Indian sweets.
National Day is Singapore’s most important secular holiday in the country. It is celebrated on 9 August each year to mark the country’s independence from Malaysia in 1965. The day is marked by a parade and fireworks and other festivities.
Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated by Chinese Singaporeans in September or October every year. It is marked by the eating of mooncakes, the lighting of lanterns, and the admiring of the full moon.
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated by Tamil Singaporeans in January or February each year. It is marked by the carrying of Kavadis, elaborate structures decorated with flowers, and peacock feathers by devotees seeking blessings from Lord Murugan.
The Chingay Parade is a massive street parade that takes place in Singapore in February or March each year. The parade features colorful floats with cultural performances including the dragon and lion dances.
Singapore Night Festival
Singapore Night Festival is an annual arts and culture festival that takes place over two weekends in August. Expect a lively atmosphere as visitors explore the various exhibits and enjoy the vibrant street performances and lion dances.
Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA)
The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is a premier arts festival that showcases a diverse range of local and international artists across various disciplines. SIFA offers a unique opportunity for audiences to engage with the arts and explore the world’s many cultures through thought-provoking performances and immersive experiences.
i Light Singapore
i Light Singapore is an annual sustainable light art festival that showcases innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations. The festival usually takes place in March and April each year at Marina Bay.
The festivals and celebrations highlighted in this article offer something for everyone. From the colorful Chingay Parade to the thought-provoking Singapore International Festival of Arts, each festival is an opportunity to experience the country’s diverse cultural heritage and to connect with its people. So whether you’re sampling mooncakes at the Mid-Autumn Festival or admiring the sustainable light art installations at i Light Singapore, be sure to immerse yourself in the festivities and enjoy all that Singapore has to offer.