Travel to Singapore During Public Holidays
When you have a plan to visit Singapore, make a note of public holidays and plan your trip during that time to enjoy the festive events being held. There are some usual holidays in Singapore that are commonly shared with most western nations, such as Christmas, New Year, Labor’s day and Good Friday, but in addition to this city has many other public holidays catered to the major ethnic groups that make up the country. Here are some of the major public holidays that are unique to Singapore to take note of.
Chinese New Year:
This is most specially celebrated festival in Singapore and almost very organizations give holiday for one week to enjoy the celebration. This Chinese New Year date will be varying from late January to February month dates and it is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. During this time, most of the local shops are closed and there are numerous celebrations such as dragon dances, unique “lo hay” dinners or lunches served with specially prepared platter of raw vegetables, mixed with sweet and sour sauce, nuts, and raw salmon. One can see traditional celebration of New Year in Chinatown area with lighting displays.
Vesak Day is the celebration of Buddha’s birthday. On this day, you will see many of the Buddhist temples in the city will be doing special praying sessions, and other celebratory events. Visit any of the Buddhist temples for a special vegetarian lunch.
This is the most special and important day for Singaporeans to celebrate their nation’s independence. It is on August 9. Celebrations will be happening in Marina Bay Sands area such as marches, performances and playing bet888win games. You will also see fighter jets ripping through the sky as a gesture to this special day. You will also enjoy seeing a glimpse of the combat helicopters flying near the Singapore city centre with a huge Singapore flag tailing behind.
Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji:
Hari Raya is a Malay language which means “celebration”. There are two special holidays given to Singaporeans. The first “Hari Raya Puasa” is the holiday given for the Ramzan festival. Muslims will enjoy with a special feast on the Ramzan festival and also will do special prayers. The second holiday is for the Hari Raya Haji which is “Pilgrimage festival”. This day, Muslims will make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
When you make a note of above holidays which are uniquely celebrated in the city, you can plan your holidays during such festival times to make your vacation memorable.