Singapore Festivals & Holidays From Jan to Dec


- New year

- Thaipusam. One of the greatest Singapore festivals. An annual Hindu religious event honoring Lord Murugan.



- Chinese New Year.

In the month of January or February. An auspicious occasion to the Chinese Community. The most celebrated Chinese Singapore festivals



- Good Friday

A Christian event commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.

- Qing Ming Festival

Chinese has a long history of ancestral worship. This is the day when Chinese commemorate their ancestors.

They visit the ancestors' graves, or urns or ancestral tablets in temples.



- Vesak Day .

The most important Buddhist event to Buddism. Devotees honor the birth, enlightenment and Nirvana of Lord Buddha.

In Singapore, Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple on Race Court Road and Phor Kark See Temple on Bright Hill Road are thronged with both worshipers and visitors.



- Dragon Boat Festival.

A Chinese festival that commemorates a great statesman Qu Yuan who protested against the corrupted leadership of his king.

The Chinese Dumplings is a famous dish originated from this festival.

Dragon boat races are held in Singapore during the weekend closest to the celebration day.


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- Hungry Ghosts Festival.

In the seventh month of Chinese Calender, Taoist believe that the souls of the dead are released and they are free to roam the earth for 30 days.

There are many street performances like singing, Chinese Opera at residential areas during this month.

Concerts are called “Getai” and they are held mainly at residential areas or by Chinese owned companies who wishes to pay respect to the roaming souls during the month.



- National Day.

Singapore celebrates the anniversary of its independence in 1965. The National Day Parade NDP will be held on this public holiday at “Marina by the Bay”.

The celebration is a spectacular event participated by the Singapore Armed Forces, Air Force, schools and many organizations.

The tickets are balloted in advance and the performance is televised live every year.



- Mid Autumn Festival.

There are various legends to this festival.



- Deepavali

Festival of Lights, falls in the new moon of the seventh month (October to November).

- Navaranthri Festival

This Hindu festival falls in September to October.

Prayers are offered to the goddesses Dhurga, saraswathi and Lakshmi, consorts of the Hindu gods Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu.

Devotees honor Dhurga who protests them from evil, Saraswathi the goddess of knowledge, and Lakshmi the goddess of wealth.

At Chettiars Temple on Tank Road and Sri Mariamman Temple on South Bridge Road dances, songs and classical music recitals are staged.

In many Hindu homes decorated platforms are covered with figurines representing gods and goddesses.



- Fire Walking Festival. Also know as the Thimithi Festival.

Devotees process from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple on Serangoon Road to Sri Mariamam Temple on South Bridge Road where many walk over a pit of red-hot charcoal and emerge unscathed to declare their faith as well as to fulfill personal vows.

- Hari Raya Puasa. A festival marks the end of Muslim fasting month - Ramadan.



- Hari Raya Haji

According to the Islamic calendar, Hari Raya Haji falls on the tenth day of the 12th month of Zulhijjah.

It celebrates the haj or pilgrimage to mecca, the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad.

After Muslims have visited Mecca and completed the haj, they take the title of Haji for men and Hajjah for women and males can then wear white songkoks (Muslim head dress).

On the day of the festival after early morning prayers, goats and sheep are slaughtered and the meat is distributed among worshipers and the poor.

- Christmas. Orchard Road will be decorated with spectacular lightings for 2 months from November till early January. One of the most "glamorous" Singapore Festivals.

It attracts thousands of visitors every year for this festive season.


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