A Year of Festivals

Part of the fun of living in a multicultural, multiethnic and multireligious society is to be able to experience and see a way of live different from yours. Singapore is one of those societies. Come check out the major festivals that happen throughout the year.

Anyway, unless a specific day is placed in the front, the actual days vary with the year.

January

February

March

  • Good Friday
    • A Christian day of observance, commemorating the cruxifiction of Jesus. This is the friday before Easter.

April

  • Easter Sunday
    • A Christian day of celebration, commemorating the ressurection of Jesus. This is preceded by 40 days of Lent

May

  • May Day
    • Labour day is marked by protests all over the world. In Singapore, it is usually marked with parties, although that may be changing. Check out Hong Lim Park on May Day (warning foreigners are not allowed to be part of a protest).
  • Vesak Day
    • Buddhist observance of the birth day of the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama.

July

  • Ramadan and Aidilfitri
    • Muslim month-long observance of abstinence and fasting culminating in the celebration of Eid (known here as Aid-il fitr). The crowds tend to turn up at Geylang Serai for the night bazaars.

August

September

  • Mid Autumn Festival
    • Chinese and Vietnamese harvest festival, now a day focused of family togetherness.

October

  • Hari Raya Haji
    • One of the five pillars of islam. Pilgrims from all over the world make a journey to Mecca to perform the Haj.
  • 31 Oct, Halloween
    • A modern day rendition of All Hallow’s Evening, considered in Singapore to be the Western version of the Ghost festival.

November

  • Depaavali/Diwali
    • Hindu festival of lights, celebrating the triumphant return of Rama from exile and the slaying of the demon Narakasura. In Singapore, Little India gains even greater energy at this time.

December

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