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Event Spotlight: Cultural Festivals in Singapore
Dubbed as the “Lion City”, Singapore is a home to diverse communities with different faiths and beliefs all coexisting in harmony. The country’s rich and vibrant multicultural heritage is celebrated through various festivals spread over the calendar year.
Chinese New Year
In Chinese folklore, a mythical beast, ‘Nien’, used to attack villagers every spring. It could only be driven away by the colour red and loud noise. At present, the festival serves as a tradition to ward off the beast using firecrackers and lights.
To join in on this storied celebration, head to Chinatown and witness how the Chinese Singaporeans mark the arrival of spring with lion and dragon dances. You can also indulge in delicious food choices and buy traditional ornaments while admiring the grandiose Chinese New Year street light-up.
Here’s something you shouldn’t miss: The River Hongbao. It has been on Singapore’s festive calendar every year since 1987. Held at NS Square, the Marina Bay floating platform, this iconic event has become an integral tradition of Singapore’s Lunar New Year celebrations for locals and tourists alike.
From giant lanterns to mouth-watering food, celebrating this lively festival in Singapore is certainly a special Chinese cultural experience.
A time of joy, peace and reflection, Vesak Day is when Buddhists in Singapore and all over the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.
During the celebration, statues of the Lord Buddha are illuminated and candlelight processions happen. Phor Kark See Temple on Bright Hill Road is the most ideal place to get a peek of the sacred procession.
Some other places worth visiting even for the non-Buddhists are Lian Shan Shuang Lin Temple and Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple.
Lian Shan Shuang Lin Temple The or ‘Twin Grove Monastery on Lotus Hill’ is seated on 50 acres of land stands out amidst the modern high-rise apartment blocks in the area. It houses one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist temples and testifies to the spread of Mahayana Buddhism in the region.
While at Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, you will see a 15-meter tall, 300-tonne Buddha. The statue is surrounded by a seemingly endless chain of lights, giving the temple its popular tag, “Temple of a Thousand Lights”.
Geylang Serai Bazaar during Ramadan
Set up a month before Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Geylang Serai Bazaar is the heart of the Ramadan celebrations. From cakes to clothes, sweets to savoury delicacies, you will never run out of choices from the stalls that offer a vast array of Malay and Middle Eastern products.
On Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Muslims in Singapore end their time of fasting with a joyous celebration of forgiveness, fellowship and food. Thus, Geylang Serai Bazaar.
The season of giving and sharing, also the time where family practicing different religions come together and celebrate love. In Singapore, having people of different races and cultures living together on one island, things can get a little mixed up, but in a good way. When it comes to the most wonderful time of the year, traditional dishes like Turkey get a good dose of local flavour with Asian seasonings and herbs such as ginger and chili – Asian twist, Asian taste.
Orchard Road and Marina Bay Countdown are just two of the most visited places during this season. The famous shopping belt on Orchard Road is spectacularly lit up every December to ramp up the festive mood, and serves as a blazing reminder to hit the malls. While at the Marina Bay, the countdown party has become the highlight of the year-end festive calendar.
It’s true, Singapore is known to be a technology-driven and modern country but it’s also evident in the culture and practices its people still very much respect and perform that they have well-preserved the good ol’ Singapore.
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