Diverse Cultural Festivals in Singapore – Celebrating Multi-Ethnic Traditions

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Consisting of various ethnic communities, Singapore is a true cultural melting pot; due to this, there are various festivals held in the city that are well worth experiencing.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is celebrated by Chinese communities across the world and Singapore is no different. Usually, in January or February, this event sees areas like Chinatown come alive with festivities. Easy to reach from a hotel in Farrer Park, this locale is where one can streets lit up as well as dragon and lion dances.

Thai Pongal

Thai Pongal

Thai Pongal| Img via Wikimedia Commons

A festival observed by Hindu devotees generally in January, Thai Pongal is popular in Southern India. Singapore has a strong Indian community too in the area known as Little India near Park Hotel Farrer Park; here, one can join in the fun, explore streets lined with stalls, watch cultural performances and visit the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple.

Hari Raya Puasa

Observed by Muslims, Hari Raya Puasa is when the month of fasting or Ramadan comes to an end. Normally in May or June, this day is one where devotees head to the mosque, visit family and light oil lamps. A part of this festival is the amazing food which can be sampled at places like the Geylang Serai Bazaar.

Vesak Day

An important time for Buddhists the world over including in Singapore, Vesak Day is generally in May and marks Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. It’s a time for self-reflection, meditation at temples and doing good works to earn merit; on this day, you can view the tradition of “bathing” infant Buddha statues and candle processions.



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