July 21 in Singapore is Racial Harmony Day (Chinese: 种族和谐日) to commemorate the 1964 Race Riots, which took place on 21 July 1964. Racial Harmony Day was first launched on 21 July 1997. It is part of the National Education Program, headed by the Ministry of Education and is celebrated on the anniversary of the communal riots that occurred on 21 July 1964.
Racial Harmony Day also represents a day for schools to reflect on, and celebrate Singapore’s success as a racially harmonious nation and society built on a rich diversity of culture and heritage.
In schools all across the nation on that day, students are encouraged to be dressed in their traditional costumes such as the Cheongsam and the Baju Kurung.
Traditional delicacies are also featured in the celebrations. Traditional games such as Kutih-kutih and zero point are played in schools, where inter-class competitions are sometimes organised.