Archive for the 'Festivals' Category

Jul 15 2013

Ramadan in Singapore

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Sultan Mosque is the focal point of Arab Street

Around 15 percent of Singapore’s citizens are Muslims, meaning the city-state, along with much of Southeast Asia, celebrates the month of Ramadan. This year the period runs July 10 to August 7; it’s a great time if you’re in Singapore to get a flavour of the Malay culture here. Singapore’s Arab street and Kampong Glam area, historically … read the full post

Jan 20 2013

Thaipusam 2013 in Singapore

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Now that's devotion.

Anyone who says Singapore is boring has obviously never witnessed the gruesome-but-fascinating festival of Thaipusam. This year it happens on January 27. Here’s everything you need to know. Thaipusam is a religious celebration practised by Tamil Hindu communities around the world. It commemorates the victory of the god Murugan over a demon, but is also … read the full post

Dec 21 2012

New Year’s Eve in Singapore 2012

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Expect a spectacular fireworks display at Marina Bay (image via

Singapore may be the most straight-laced city in Southeast Asia, but it makes a memorable place to ring in the new year. Here’s a wrap-up of the best New Year’s Eve 2012 events in Singapore from spectacular fireworks at Marina Bay to all-night beach parties on Sentosa Island. If you want to ring in 2013 … read the full post

Dec 06 2012

Christmas in Singapore 2012

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (in the tropics).

The people of Singapore must be confident that Santa’s bringing them something good, because they really get in the Christmas spirit. Here’s where to go for turkey dinners, Christmas trees, caroling, church services and – of course – shopping for presents. Since you’d have to be crazy to cook a turkey at home in the … read the full post

Feb 08 2012

Photo essay: Thaipusam in Singapore 2012

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For one day each year, the streets of central Singapore are blocked off to make way for the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, a celebration of spirituality through self-sacrifice. This year it took place on February 7, 2012. Thousands of people walk the four-kilometre Thaipusam pilgrimage route carrying flower garlands or milk pots to give as … read the full post

Jan 30 2012

Thaipusam in Singapore 2012

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Will you be in Singapore on February 7, 2012?  If so, you won’t want to miss Thaipusam, a gruesome but very fascinating festival practised by the Tamil Hindu community. This annual religious event is also celebrated in India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia (the Kuala Lumpur correspondent wrote about it, too). Update February 8, 2012: … read the full post

Jan 19 2012

Chinese New Year traditions in Singapore

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With nearly three out of every four Singaporeans being of Chinese heritage, it’s no surprise that Chinese New Year is the biggest festival of the year in the city state. It’s also the only multi-day public holiday in this high-stress society, and for many Singaporeans it’s the one time of year when they can forget … read the full post

Dec 19 2011

A tropical Christmas Day in Singapore

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If you ignore the stifling heat and monsoon rains, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Singapore. Orchard Road is the centre of festivities with Christmas trees, lights and fake snow, plus on Christmas Day itself there will be carolers and parade floats. Maybe it’s because I come from a ridiculously cold city, … read the full post

Dec 12 2011

Christmas in Singapore

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Don’t be fooled by the balmy climate and the non-Christian majority: Singapore goes crazy for Christmas. Like festive celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Christmas time in Singapore is largely a secular event that takes place not at home but in malls and restaurants around the city. Singapore’s “Christmas in the Tropics” events are full swing now … read the full post

Oct 15 2011

Deepavali celebrations in Little India

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Just when you thought Little India couldn’t get any more colourful or chaotic, the biggest festival on the Hindu calendar pulls into town. This year Deepavali falls on October 26 but, like Christmas, half the fun is the weeks leading up to the big day. If you’re in Singapore this month you must come down … read the full post

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