5 Festivals in Singapore That Will Force You to Forget Yours

Lion City culture is vast and includes both Asian and European cultures. Get over to Singapore. Here are five festivals in Singapore that'll blow your mind.

Did you know that in 2018, Singapore received 18.5 million tourists?

With the amazing shopping malls, glamorous nightlife, historic streets and museums, and mouthwatering delicacies, it’s no wonder that so many people choose Singapore as a holiday destination.

But there’s even more to the country than that. All the 12 months of the year are filled with amazing celebrations that anyone would be lucky to witness.

Curious? Keep reading to discover 5 amazing festivals in Singapore!

1. Lantern Festival

Young woman release sky lanterns to worship buddha’s relics in yi peng festival, Chiangmai thailand

Otherwise known as Mid-Autumn Festival, this is one of the most popular Singaporean events and it includes amazing performances and activities for all ages.

You can even participate by choosing a walk and taking your own lantern!

One great thing about this festival is that it happens in multiple locations. This is super practical since you can choose a central spot, where you have hotels, restaurants, stores and everything you need.

Where: Multiple locations.

When: September.

2. Thaipusam

A devotee makes adjustments to his kavadi during the Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Singapore February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Unlike the previous event, Thaipusam isn’t exactly a good choice for kids. This Hindu event goes on for two days and it celebrates the fulfillment of the devotees’ vows to Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war.

A little disclaimer: you’ll be seeing a lot of hooks and spikes pierced in the skin of devotees. If that makes you squeamish, this might not be the festival for you.

Where: Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple and Sri Thendayuthapani Temple.

When: January/February.

3. Pongal

Pongal, or Harvest Festival, is a 4-day festival celebrated by the Indians in Singapore to show gratitude to Surya, the sun god. They do so by organizing competitions, exchanging offerings like food, money, and clothes, and teaching workshops.

Where: Little India.

When: January 14 to January 17.

4. Hari Raya Puasa

Hari Raya Puasa is a Muslim festival that celebrates the end of Ramadan and represents the ideas of renewal and purification.

During this event, people wear traditional costumes, visit mosques and spend time with their families, making sure to also visit their deceased relatives in the graves.

Where: Multiple locations.

When: May/June.

5. Singapore River Festival

The Singapore River is beautiful and this festival is all about magnifying this beauty with amazing illusions on the water.

It’s definitely the one to choose if you’re looking to party, as DJs and artists from all over the world show up and make sure everyone’s nights at the event are nothing less than unforgettable.

Where: Singapore River

When: August/September.

Festivals in Singapore are almost incomparable to any other event, as they’re the perfect mix of Asian and European cultures.

All the colors, lights, music and celebration of the Singaporeans make for an atmosphere like no other, so we know that no matter which event you end up choosing, it’ll become a memory that you’ll cherish for life.

So what are you waiting for? Time to check a detailed Singaporean cultural agenda and pick your favorite festival!

If you’d like to read more articles like this, we have a whole section dedicated to the topic of “Festivals”.

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