Singapore is one of the progressive and modern cities of Asia with perfect blend of east and west. One of the most remarkable aspects of this city is the festivals that are celebrated over here. Since people from different regions and sects reside over here, festivals add a lot of variety to the fun and celebration of the city. It is interesting to note that every month of the year there is festivity to celebrate with music, tradition flowers and colors.
The top 5 festivals that are celebrated in Singapore are discussed below under the following headings:
1. Thaipusam – Festival of Tamil Community
This festival is celebrated with a lot of pomp and gaiety. It is held each and every year during the full moon month of January or February. It is a Hindu festival celebrated by the Tamil community. People celebrate this festival to remember the day when Murugan who was a Hindu deity used spears to vanquish the evil devil called Soorapadam. The male devotees will go in a trance and they would pierce their body with hook and wear different types of ornate shrine all over their body. After that they will march through the town and the event starts at Sri Srinivasa Perumai Temple and the procession ends at Sri Thandayuthpani Temple.
2. River Buskers – Street Entertainment at its Best
This festival has the biggest gathering in the whole Asia and it is held in November every year and it lasts for 9 days. In this festival one can see top notch street performers like acrobats, comedienne, face painters etc. from different parts of the world that can surely delight and amaze you. Various places in the city like Clarke Quay, Orchard Road and Riverside is packed with enthralling onlookers delivering amazing performance for public. If you want to witness an unforgettable event in Singapore, don’t miss this festival because it will leave you spell bounded.
3. Dumpling Festival – Witness an Unexpected Parade
It is a colorful festival celebrated in Singapore where all the citizens come together and consume hundreds of thousands of dumpling in one mega event. The festival is celebrated annually and is enjoyed by both tourists and local people. Dumpling actually refers to small packets of rice enclosed in bamboo leaves. It is a Chinese festival where colorful dragon boat races are organized. The other items of the festival include Chine opera, orchestra playing and lion dance.
4. Hari Raya Puasa – Festival of Islamic People
This festival is celebrated on 30th of August every year in Singapore. The festival marks the end of Islamic fasting and prayer month which is known as Ramadan. It is a very important event among the Muslims and is declared as public holiday in Singapore. People buy new clothes, decorate their homes and visit their family members and friends.
5. Deepawali – Festival of Lights
This is a very important festival of the Hindus and it is a very important event in the Hindu community. It is a public holiday in Singapore around the time of year when Deepawali is celebrated. The date is determined by lunar calendar by Indian almanacs and it is held somewhere around October end or in the beginning of November. The entire city is lit up with decorated lights and people are seen bursting fire crackers. There are many restaurants and stalls that serve special festive mouthwatering Indian recipes during this time of the year.
These are some of the important festivals celebrated in Singapore with a lot of enthusiasm and fervour. Do visit this beautiful city during these festive months and you will really have a great time.
I’m Lisa Pattrick a traveler and a guest blogger from Florida, Love’s to express my journey. I Write articles for blogs and websites during my free time. Presently I’m now concentrating on travel articles and helping people with Transport For London Contact.