Get to know your country in order to learn to love and cherish it! Luckily, Singapore has a great many things to offer: its history, culture and very interesting meltdown of religions is what makes it unique. One highly significant facet of Singapore is country's rich and colorful festival life. Here, every ethnic group celebrates…
Get to know your country in order to learn to love and cherish it! Luckily, Singapore has a great many things to offer: its history, culture and very interesting meltdown of religions is what makes it unique. One highly significant facet of Singapore is country's rich and colorful festival life. Here, every ethnic group celebrates its own festival. In the country there are several official religions which can be publicly celebrated so the majority of the festivals are related to a certain belief. It is good to know that almost every month of the year there is a festivity to ceremonize with colors, music, and tradition followers. The whole population of Singapore enjoys country's festivals as it is a harmonious and peaceful society with respect to one another's religious traditions.
FEBRUARY – Chinese New Year
The celebration of the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year usually takes place between the 3rd and 5th of February, and is one of the major festive events throughout the year. The vivid red color conquers the whole Chinatown and some of the major streets. This is the largest and most important event in the Chinese religious calendar bringing families and friends together who during that time visit one another.
APRIL – Good Friday Easter
The celebration of the Good Friday Easter normally takes place on April, 22nd, and is very similar to the festivals held in the rest of the world.
MAY – Vesak Day
In the month of May Buddhists in Singapore celebrate the so-called Vesak Day to honor the birth and enlightenment of Buddha and his entry into Nirvana. Normally, the ceremony takes place May 17th. The festivity goes with great ceremonial ritual such as visits and prayers in Buddhist histories, chanting of the sutras by saffron-clad monks, as well as various acts of generosity. The celebration of Vesak Day continues on the streets with processes with candles.
AUGUST – Hari Raya Puasa
The celebration of Hari Raya Puasa in Singapore takes place on August, 30th. It is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal marking the end of Ramadan's month of fasting and prayer. Hari Raya Puasa is the most prominent of all Muslim festivals in Singapore and in the same time a public holiday. On that day people wear new clothes, decorate their homes and visit their friends and relatives.
OCTOBER – Festival Of The Hungry Ghosts, Deepavali
The Festival of the Hungry Ghosts is connected to the seventh month of the Lunar Year. People believe that during that time of the year the gates of hell open and the spirits of the dead are free to roam the earth. In order to calm the spirits and make them go go back people give away food, say prayers, and leave money so that all anxious spirits can travel back to where they belong. During the Festival Of The Hungry Ghosts people do not get married nor embark on any dangerous journeys.
The Deepavali Festival takes place around October 26th and is in some ways similar to the Chinese Festival Of The Hungry Ghosts, where people celebrate the victory of good over evil. This festivity marks the beginning of the Indian New Year, and it is a time for settling debts. Festival followers believe that during that time the souls of departed relatives descend to earth, so they light oil lamps to guide them. Indian temples and streets are spectacularly decorated with lights and garlands.
NOVEMBER – Birthday Of The Monkey God Navarathiri, Festival Of Nine Emperor Gods, Hari Raya Haji
Hari Raya Haji takes place around October 6th and celebrates the conclusion of the Haji pilgrimage to Mecca, after which pilgrims are given the title of Haji (for men) or Hajjah (for women). During that time goats or buffaloes are sacrificed and the meat is given to the poor.
DECEMBER – Christmas
As in the majority of Christian countries, Christmas in Singapore takes place on December, 25th. The festivals celebrated in Singapore during that time are highly commercialized and rather apart from the traditions of the Christian and Catholic gift-exchanging festival honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.
Everyone who is interested in the exciting and colorful religious festivals of the country that live in should find the time and become a part of them. You can even make a one or two-day vacation out of it whenever possible while enjoying your own unique approach on Singapore's culture. If you can spare the time but not the money, you can always apply for a small personal loan which will help you make your festival plans work.
Luckily, in Singapore the practice of working with licensed moneylenders is not uncommon. Every Singapore citizen as well as every foreigner who lives and works in the country, and has a stable monthly income can apply for a quick personal loan online which will be easy to repay and, what is more important, will help you explore and enjoy the festivals of your own country in an unique way.