Wednesday, August 13, 2014

National Day in Singapore

Folded plastic bags are turned into roses before using them to make a giant Singapore flag. (Straits Times photo)
National Day in Singapore happens August 9th every year.

The theme is red and white as these are the national colours and the colour of the Singaporean flag.

It's a public holiday and often a long weekend for everyone in Singapore (depending on when it sits during the working week).

With the long weekend on, some Singaporeans plan holidays, some stay in town and celebrate. I would too, if I am luckily drawn some tickets (as you sign up to join a ballot for the National Day parade and Eve of National Day practice celebrations). So what can you do if you do choose to stay in town?

Here's my list of things that I have compiled from what I have seen advertised this year, as this should help you plan your time with family and friends next year - as most activities remain the same.

Visit Museums - The National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum and Singapore Philatelic (stamps) Museum will be holding open houses on National Day where visitors and families may enjoy the programmes for free. This is free for foreigners as well. This year, the ArtsScience Museum was also open to the public for free. There are also generally many workshop and activities for kids and young adults (e.g. face painting). So there is something for everyone.

Movies under the stars at Fort Canning
Fort Canning Green is often the location for an open-air cinema. Past screenings have been Audrey Hepburn classic ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and Keanu Reeves’ surfer heist flick ‘Point Break’. http://www.filmsatthefort.com.sg/

Find a place to view the fireworks
There are many spots to view of the National Day Parade fireworks. Most people go to Esplanade Outdoor Theatre/Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay Sands Boardwalk, Marina Barrage, Stadium Waterfront, The Helix Bridge. However there are rooftop bars, restaurants, hotels and other locations where you can view the action.

Watch the fireworks and celebrations on TV (on Channel 8)
Depending on your style, you may want to spend the day with family and friends indoors and watch the fireworks on TV. Perfect for those looking to avoid the crowds and to eat some delicious food.

References:
http://features.insing.com/gallery/10-things-to-do-this-national/id-dd4a3101/photos/in/sg-national-day-what-to-do/
http://events.insing.com/feature/best-places-to-watch-ndp-fireworks/id-53943d00/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/celebrations-heartland

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