Singapore, known as the Garden City, Lion City and the Red Dot, is also a cultural melting pot. With a mixture of cultures ingrained into one country, rest assured that there is always some cultural event to celebrate all year round. Accoridng to an expert from Sentosa, tourists and locals alike revel in the vibrant events in Singapore.
Let’s take a look at some of Singapore’s finest festivals and events:
Grand Prix Singapore 2016
After a successful run in 2015, the Grand Prix Season Singapore is ready to take on 2016.
Those having a need for an adrenaline rush fix, you can indulge on a non-stop F1® madness. Feast your eyes as drivers race at speeds of up to 320km/h.
Aside from the racing, you can also enjoy concerts from various international stars. All these from September 9 to 18.
A whole month-long celebration of the arts
For all art lovers out there, no need to despair because there is also festival just for you. And a whole month of it to boot.
From August 11 to September 17, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) organised and managed independently by the Arts House Limited, brings you excellent theatre, dance and music performance from local and international artists alike. A truly inspiring event.
Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Mooncake Festival, Lantern Festival or August Moon Festival, this is a celebration of colors, paper lanterns, breathtaking street lights and beautiful adornments. You will also find markets selling mooncakes and other traditional treats in Chinatown. Make sure to catch this festival this September 15th.
Hari Raya Puasa
On the 12th of September, Geylang Serai and Kampong Glam come alive with festive decorations after a month-long fasting period of Ramadan in celebration of the Hari Raya Puasa.
Do visit the roadside bazaars and maybe even have a taste of some succulent assortment of traditional Malay delicacies.
Also known as the Festival of Lights, it is a major Hindu event which celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. With the simple act of lighting an oil lamp, it aptly captures the symbolism of Deepavali.
This October, Hindu families offer prayers at local temples illuminated in a multitude of oil lamps.
Visit Serangoon Road at Little India where you will find amazing street decorations and lightings with roadside bazaars that sell various stuff from spices to saris to jewellery.
The festivities usually last for most of October so don’t miss out.
Santa Clause is coming to town
For six weeks, starting from the middle of November, Orchard Road is transformed into a magical fairyland with sparkling lights, giant Christmas trees and many more. Shopping malls try to outshine each other in the bid to be named as the Best Dressed Building thus ensuring a feast for your eyes.
Aside from the decorations, you can also enjoy watching a number of street performances for a carnival-like ambiance. For winter wonderland experience head over to Tanglin Mall. The Kids will surely adore this.
Even Santa Claus will have a blast shopping at Orchard Road this yuletide season.
With these events and many more, you’re Singapore vacation will never be boring no matter what time of the year you decide to visit. Why spend a ho-hum vacation elsewhere?