Singaporeans are a festival-loving bunch. And as a testament to our multicultural society with a myriad of customs and traditions, there is almost always a festival around the corner. Even as the festivals are observed by each respective community, it's not uncommon for other communities to join in the celebrations as well.
Celebrations in Singapore begin early in the year with the most anticipated event for the Chinese community – the Lunar New Year. For the Muslims, Hari Raya Aidilfitri marks the end of the fasting month with performances and festivities extending late into the night. Deepavali, the most important festival for Hindus, is a colourful celebration of good overcoming evil and is also known as the Festival of Lights.
Prosperity for all
A festival that is observed for 15 days, Chinese New Year is best enjoyed in Chinatown; where the streets are filled with the sounds of traditional music, the sights of red and gold decorations as well as the aromas from various night stalls selling tantalising treats only available at this time of the year.
The joy of fasting
For Muslims, the month of Ramadhan is devoted to the purification of body and soul by abstaining from food and drink during the day. Come sunset, families and friends will gather to 'break fast' at neighbourhoods like Geylang Serai and Kampong Glam, which come alive with performances and bazaars.
When light overcomes darkness
During Deepavali, Little India is artfully decorated and lit up in bright festive colours that transform the streets into a true feast for the senses. Immerse in the festivities by visiting bazaar stalls decorated with wares such as fragrant flowers garlands, traditional oil lamps and Indian delicacies.