Singapore is one of those wonderful places in the world that will let you witness some of the most enchanting festivals with a lot of grandeur and epicness. Enjoy some of the most magnificent festivals on your holiday to Singapore.
This is the time when the complete China town comes together to celebrate this popular festival for an entire for a fortnight, every year, this is in the time of the middle of January when the entire country celebrates the Lunar New Year. It is at the time of this Chinese new-year celebration that the houses are nicely cleaned and are decorated. You would also find the streets and malls decked up.
What are the things you cannot miss out on? Find the most beautiful temples, night markets, decorations, stalls selling raw fish salad, decked up houses, Chingay Parade, Dragon Dance etc.
When does this festival happen? This festival is celebrated in Mid-January to mid-February.
Umm . . . it would be wise enough for us to warn you beforehand that this festival is not for everyone and that is because of the the processions that happen during this festival that is surely not something for the light-hearted. There are sharp skewers that are pierced through body parts such as cheeks, tongues, bodies etc. these are all the practices of self-mortification, the extent to which the devotees go while doing such practises will be pathbreaking and unbelievable for the onlookers. This festival is celebrated in the time of early February and happens on the night of the brightest moon. Thaipusam will let you worship lord Murugan and is a great and famous Thanksgiving festival.
What are the things you cannot miss out on? Find the most beautiful vibrant frames in here and witness some unbelievable sacrifices etc.
When does this festival happen? This first or second week of February is the time to celebrate this festival.
This festival is also known by the name of Duanwu Festival or the Zhongxao Festival which is one beautiful festival that celebrates the culture of Singapore. This festival originated thousands of years ago and is also known by the name of the Double Fifth Festival as this festival happens on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar. In the time of this festival, one can witness a lot of dragon boats competing against each other in the races all over the world in which there are Chinese communities who would be seen present. These boats would be seen competing against each other at the Bedok Reservoir. People would be seen having the rice dumplings and realgar wines in this festival.
When does this festival happen?: This festival happens around the end of May to the first two weeks of June as per the English calendar.
What are the things you cannot miss out on?: One can enjoy a lot of races in Bedok Reservoir as well as the DBS Marina Regatta. Also, there are many great fun games that one can enjoy before the race.
If you are someone who is eager to get insights on different cultures then this is the festival you cannot miss out on. Witness the famous Singapore Art Festival that showcases a lot of theater acts; music, ensembles, international dances, art installations etc. One can also find a lot of talented people showcasing their talents in this festival that celebrates a lot of art forms on one platform.
What are the things you cannot miss out on? Find the best painting competitions, International film screenings, Street performances etc.
When does this festival happen? This festival is celebrated in the months of May – June.
Hari Raya is really famous in Singapore and seems to be the local version of the famous festival of Eid that one celebrates post Ramdaan that is a month long of fasting that happens after a month-long fasting of Ramadaan. This festival is really famous and traditional festivals that one can celebrate in Singapore. It is that time of the year when the Muslims of Singapore wear their new clothes and start their day when they visit the nearest mosque at the time of offering their prayers. The remaining day is spent happily by visiting your friends and relatives.
What are the things you cannot miss out on? Have a gala time enjoying the vibrant streets, one can wear their festive attire and try on their mouthwatering delicacies. Also, visit the well decorated bazaar that you can witness in the Sultan Mosque where the fast rituals are broken at any mosque in the neighborhood.
When does this festival happen? This festival happens in the month of June- July.
A wonderful day that is celebrated to mark the freedom of Singapore from Malaysia on its National Day, one can find a great public display of the culture, defense, power, heritage, diversity etc. Other than that, there is a great display of fireworks on National day.
What are the things you cannot miss out on? One cannot miss witnessing the National Day rally as well as the parade on National day. Along with that, one can also not miss out on the Fireworks at Marina Bay.
When does this festival happen? This day is celebrated on August 9 every year.
A wonderful festival in Singapore that is about the illusions on the river water, one cannot stop being enchanted by this one. Find the best of international artists and DJs making some crazy outdoor parties. One can also find a lot of parades and performances along the river in Singapore that lets you celebrate the origination and the formation of the country Singapore. Also, one can enjoy a lot of folk performances in Singapore.
What are the things you cannot miss out on? One cannot miss out on the amazing optical illusions, Folk performances, heritage shows etc.
When does this festival happen? In the month of October.
This festival is also famous by the name of Mid-Autumn festival and is one of the most popular festivals in Singapore. This festival celebrates the legend of Chang Er – the lady who is believed to have floated to the moon after she swallowed the elixir of eternal life and is now a resident of the moon.
What are the things you cannot miss out on? One can enjoy a lot of performing arts groups, Opening ceremony, traditional dances, stalls selling mooncakes etc.
When does this festival happen? This festival happens in September on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Lunar calendar.
This is the most epic festival that one can witness being in Singapore. This festival is celebrated with all the pomp and show and is celebrated in the middle of December and it is that festival that converts the streets of Singapore into some sort of a fairyland. Celebrating this festival in Singapore creates a new dimension to the festival and makes it a beautiful affair. It is the time when thousands of glittering lights and bulbs are made to drip down from the beautifully decorated trees and arches and all of that creates a carnival like theme in this festival.
What are the things you cannot miss out on? How can you miss out the enchanting Christmas carnival that occurs on the Orchard road? Witness the brilliant festive decorations in which the malls try to look better than each other in order to win the ‘best-decorated mall’ award. Also the street performances are superb.
When does this festival happen? The celebrations begin from 15 December onwards.