Singapore Cultural Festivals that are held annually

Singapore as vibrant city, comprising three different culture is a very interesting metropolis. Just to think how these 3 different cultures manage to live together in harmony and be the backbone of this very healthy economy.

Because of its mixed composition, Singaporeans learned how to live harmoniously and adopt each other’s culture.  They respected its and everyone’s culture and as a testament to that, the government celebrate all the cultural events of the Singaporean Malay, Chinese Singaporeans, and the Indian Singaporeans.

Singapore Cultural Festivals and Events:

I am writing here some of the yearly celebrated cultural festivals in Singapore.

  1. Pongal – this is celebrated mid- January to mid –February annually by the Tamil community, as a way of thanks giving to the Sun God , Surya for a good harvest.  It is held in Little India.
  2. Thaipusam – This is a 2 day festival, celebrated by Tamil Hindus, every end of January, in thanks giving to Lord Murugan, the God of virtue, youth and power.
  3. Chinese New Year – This festival is celebrated annually to commemorate the new year of the Chinese community.  Often celebrated mid-February and held at river hongbao to celebrate the arrival of spring.
  4. Hari Raya Puasa – This is celebrated, between the month of April to June after Ramadan. This festival is celebrated with respect to the Muslim community in Singapore. This is their way of marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
  5. Singapore Food Festival – An annual festival showcasing multi-cultural foods in Singapore.
  6. Dragon Boat Festival – Celebrate every 5thday of the 5th lunar month.  It is a to honor a Chinese poet who is believed to have thrown himself into a river out of depression.  While some tried to retrieve he in boats and others throw rice in the river, to keep the fish from eating his body.
  7. Hungry Boat Festival- Celebrated between August to September, the 7thmonth of the lunar calendar.  It is a belief in the Chinese community that the souls of the dead roam around the city every lunar month.  You can observed burning of joss sticks, food and paper money, to please the souls.  If they won’t do that, these souls will bring trouble.
  8. Mid-Autumn Festival – Celebrated mid to end of September.  This is also known as the moon cake or lantern festival.
  9. Deepavali – this festival is celebrated in Singapore annually in honor of the Indian community in Singapore.
  10. Christmas – Christmas is also celebrated in Singapore with respect to the many Christians in the city.  This in celebration for the birth of Jesus Christ, the God and savior of the Christians.

 

Singapore is a very nice country, rich in cultural heritage.  It will be a great opportunity to learn or experience these beautiful cultures.  This will give all of us the awareness that cultural differences, is not a hindrance to live in harmony with each other.  All we need is respect and love for each other.  That is the only requirement to live a very peaceful life together.

Should You Move To Singapore? An Expat’s Look At The Pros & Cons

Whenever you’re considering moving from one country to another and living there, it is easy to think that life would automatically become easier. However, as many experienced expats know, every place and country has its pros and cons. If you’re unsure about relocating to Singapore or are simply in need of more information, then be sure to keep on reading. We will be taking a closer look at what you can expect and potential issues you will encounter if you plan on moving to Singapore.

Firstly, we will look at living conditions and typical accommodation. The majority of housing in this country are high rise condos or apartments. Even though there are a few people with free standing homes, a backyard is actually quite rare. However, despite a lack of living space, there are lots of parks and green spaces to make up for it.

One of the pros of the living in Singapore is that there are lots of options for you to choose from. There are numerous condo developments throughout Singapore and most of them have lots of great amenities such as pools, spas, gyms, playgrounds, function rooms and much more. If you want to get a free standing home, then you will mainly find these in the suburbs. The downside of living in Singapore is that the rent is quite expensive. This is because land is scarce and space is always in high demand. So, if you want to live close to the city center, then you will pay much more in rent. Landed homes are also quite expensive and it will be more difficult to find one if you prefer that type of living.

Next, we will look at transportation in Singapore. It is a small island and it has a very extensive road and transportation network. As a result, it is quite easy to get around whether you’re travelling and taking a cab or train or driving yourself. One pro when it comes to transportation is that travelling is very cheap and the train lines are always being expanded. Cabs are also very easy to get, which is great if you don’t have a vehicle. However, owning a car is quite expensive due to high custom duties, insurance fees, taxes, tolls and parking. So, if you want to buy a car, you need to take all of these expenses into consideration.

The travel time to Singapore is quite long, however, once you arrive, other vacation spots are short plane rides away. If you want to vacation or visit Southeast Asia, it is very easy to do so. There are lots of cheap airlines that have low fares to places like Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia etc. As a result, it is very easy to plan an impromptu vacation.

Next, we will look at safety. Even though you will rarely see lots of police around, Singapore is a very safe place to live. It has an extremely low crime rate and a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drugs or other offenses. However, one con is that pedestrians do not have right of way and you should always use crosswalks.

Lastly, the social scene in Singapore is very active and it is very easy to make friends and have a thriving social life. There are many expat clubs and societies that you can join or you can simply take classes or volunteer to meet people. However, one con is that there is a heavy tax on alcohol.

In closing, we have just covered a few of the pros and cons of living in Singapore. Hopefully this article has given you a better idea on what it would be like living there so you can decide whether would you be happy living there or not.