Singapore, a south-east Asian country is just 85 miles south of the equator. This settlement is also an island, comprising of total 63 islands under it. Its culture has grown rich over the years, with its history of rule coming under numerous different region emperors. So when one visits Singapore for a vacation, they are bound to expect some festival from every religion!
The first two months in this city-state are when people are rushing in from everywhere. Flights to Singapore seek the highest toll during this peak season.
The marvelous Chinese New Year celebrations commence. The country awakes in magnificent and vivid colors around 42 days after the 1st of January, and is brought to cheer and the festive mood with its Chingay Parade. This march involves stilt-walkers, dragons, lion-dancers, artists performing samba and a dozen other floats! The accommodation will become difficult as the city pumps up for the parade. So book some cheap tickets to Singapore’s New Year gala well in advance.
The Qing Ming Festival is about paying tribute to one’s ancestors. The locals come together, family-wise and bow their head in prayer to the one’s guarding them from heaven. Incense sticks are lighted, joss sticks burnt and lavishing feasts are prepared, that the deceased were found of. This is a festival of togetherness and culture practice, and is definitely a beautiful experience even for the outsiders.
The island’s trend setter event, the Fashion Festival, held in the month of March or April, is much awaited by both locals and tourists. This event is about the latest get-up, new fabrics, revealing colors of the season and of course top-class models performing the ramp walk! The shows are accompanied with exhibitions and new products are endorsed. Airline discounts will probably not be available particularly in this period; this little fiesta is simply breath taking and flooded with people from around the world!
June is the month of sports and thrill for everyone here. The dragon boat race commemorates the death of a local yet famous poet, who drowned in hope to protest against the political corruption. Teams from around the world come compete at this international-scale event.
The Dumpling Festival traditionally has the most significance in this country. Experience the widest variety of dumplings ever! This long-proceeding event offers glutinous desserts to accompany the series of events taking place on the platforms. Dragon-dances, orchestras and bands, karaoke and gala...it’s all here! Plane tickets are expensive at this time around. But this event is definitely worth attending. So plan your trip before-hand, to get the best deals.
At the Chinese Garden and Chinatown, there is a grand scale Lantern Festival held twice annually. By calendar, the festival is held on a full moon, around the 15th day of the lunar cycle. Mooncakes are the featuring attraction here along with special seasonal fruits showcased professionally, lanterns and souvenirs to take home after your visit to the country. Kids can join the Children’s Lantern Parade that brings the loudest cheer to the event.
The Gods Festival, in October or November, takes place at the Nine Emperor Gods Temple. The Nine Emperor Gods are said to cure ailments and grant good fortune and a long life when they visit Earth during the nine days. Priests write religious scripts with holy blood and as the highlight of the celebrations, images of the nine gods are paraded in ornamental sedan chairs, to be carried by eight men.