In a city as multicultural as Singapore, there are naturally a whole host of festivals and events to choose from all year round. Although the festivals may be specific to certain races and religions, they can, nonetheless, be enjoyed by all. The Singapore Tourism Board promotes a variety of events all year round for tourists. Read on for some of the main events.
1 Chingay Parade
Held during the first weekend of the Singaporean Lunar New Year, this parade is a boisterous and colorful celebration of all the Chinese deities and acts as an extension to the Chinese New Year celebrations. It is a huge event and generally very well attended. Expect lots of neons lights, dance routines, swooping dragons and explosions of fireworks overhead.
2Singapore Food Festival
This is held every June/July to celebrate Singapore’s diverse cuisine. Island wide, it covers everything from workshops to cooking demonstrations, competitions, discussions and displays a lot of street food (hawkers) vendors and outdoor stalls. It is foodie paradise!
3International Festival of Arts
This takes place over a month mid-year (usually May/June) at many venues across the country. As an arts and culture festival, it specifically focuses on music, dance visual art, food and drinks, cinema and literature. Expect a lot of performances, screenings and special guest appearances.
4Christmas Light Up
For those in the Christmas spirit, November and December on Orchard Road is spectacular. The street is slathered in bright neon lights and sparkling hanging decorations and the area is home to Christmas markets and shops. The main event though, the Light-up Ceremony, kicks off early on the 10th of November.
A very new and extremely prestigious event, JeweLuxe is Southeast Asia’s biggest curated jewelry festival with over 60 designer jewelry houses from around the world coming together for the show in October. This is an exciting showcase of classic brands and new up and coming designers.
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