Singapore Celebrates National Day
Posted by: Racheal Foo, Manager, Marketing Communications & Events
This Friday August 9, is National Day in Singapore, which sees the city-state celebrate its 54th year of independence. National flags will line buildings, patriotic songs will be heard everywhere, and thousands of people will be decked out in red and white to attend the National Day Parade. Located in the western part of the South China Sea, Singapore is a popular destination for international assignees. A blend of east and west, it boasts world leading technological, medical, and educational infrastructures, yet maintains a rich cultural diversity.
National Day is about embracing the core values of Singapore, namely community over self, the importance of family, and promoting racial and religious tolerance. Each year, the day has a special theme, with 2019’s being Our Singapore, which commemorates the bicentennial of ‘Modern Singapore’. The day begins with aerial shows like sky diving and parachute displays, choir performances, and local school bands. Then follows the National Day Parade, taking place at The Padang in front of 60,000 people. The parade includes members of the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force, representatives of the People’s Action Party, as well as youth groups such as the Scouts, Girl Guides, and Cadet Corps. A variety show takes place after the parade, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
If you can’t make it on Friday, you can always catch one of the celebratory carnivals taking place islandwide on Saturday, August 10 at Bishan, Geylang Serai, Jurong East, Punggol, and Woodlands. These events will include the impressive Mobile Column tour, where majestic Battle Tanks will make their way to each of these locations, amongst carnival activities and fireworks to commemorate the day.
My favorite thing to do is to have a picnic at Gardens by the Bay East, where it provides a spectacular view of the fireworks across the island.
Impact on Relocation
The event will attract thousands of spectators and as such there are a number of road closures, including roads around the CBD and the Civic District. For more information please visit, the traffic advisory section on ndp.org.sg. We also recommend that you allow extra time for any journey you take this week and ensure road closures do not impact scheduled home or school finding trips.
If you’re in Singapore at the moment, be sure to soak up the atmosphere and take part in the festivities, enjoy!