Enchanting Singapore Festivals:
When, Where and How to See Them

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A Quick Guide to Singapore Festivals

3 major racial groups. Countless traditional beliefs and religions.

No wonder there are so many Singapore festivals.

When, where and how. Here's the lowdown on major festivals in Singapore...

[Jan-Feb 2012] [Aug-Sep 2012]
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Janurary-February 2012

23-24 January 2012 - Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year in Singapore 2012 - The Updated Guide is here!

Festival in Singapore - Lanterns in Chinatown during Chinese New Year.

3, 4 February 2012 - Chingay Parade

Festival in Singapore - Chingay Parade, Dragon Dance.
  • History: started off as a procession to celebrate Chinese New Year.

  • Today: Singapore's biggest street parade. Local and international performers.

  • More about Chingay 2012.


7 February 2012 - Thaipusam Festival

Festival in Singapore - Hindu devotee pierces his cheeks with skewer. Thaipusam Festival.
  • Probably the most amazing of all Singapore festivals.

  • Fish hooks, skewers, and a 20kg kavadi on the devotee.

  • More about Thaipusam 2012.

August-September 2012

9 August 2012 - Singapore National Day

Festival in Singapore - Singapore National Day. F16 aerobatics at Marina Bay.

Month leading up to 19 August 2012 - Ramadan & Hari Raya Puasa

Festival in Singapore - Sultan Mosque in Kampong Glam. The hub of Ramadan, Muslim fasting month.
  • Soak in the spirit of the Muslim fasting month at Kampong Glam.

  • Bazaar & food stalls. Break fast time.

  • Check out the Sultan Mosque at sundown. Enchanting.

30 September 2012 - Singapore Lantern Festival

Festival in Singapore - Lantern Festival at the Chinese Gardens, Singapore.
  • Has its origin in the Mid-autumn Festival in China.

  • More appropriately called the Lantern Festival in equatorial Singapore.

  • Some tips on how to enjoy the Singapore Lantern Festival.

Week in September 2012 - Singapore Lion Dance Championship

Festival in Singapore - Lion Dance Championship.
  • Nightly for a week in September 2012 @ Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza (Orchard Road).

    (Exact dates to be advised nearer the event.)

  • More about the Singapore Lion Dance Championship.

October 2012

26 Oct 2012 - Hari Raya Haji

Head down to any mosque. Watch the lambs being slaughtered according to Muslim customs. Much of the meat is given to the poor.

November-December 2012

Month leading up to *13 Nov 2011 - Deepavali, The Festival of Lights

Festival in Singapore - Hindu devotee pierces his cheeks with skewer. Deepavali Light Up in Little India Singapore.
  • Head down to Little India during the Deepavali Light Up.

  • Get your hand henna-painted. Take a trishaw through Little India. Try a wonderful vegetatian restaurant.

  • Wander into the Sri Veerama Kaliamman Temple to see Hindus prepare for Deepavali.

  • Browse interesting wares at the Deepavali Night Bazaar at Campbell Lane.

* The exact date for Deepavali will be updated once it's verified on the Hindu calendar.

Mid Nov 2012 to 2 Jan 2013 - A Tropical Christmas in Singapore

Festival in Singapore - Christmas Light Up on Orchard Road.

Christmas in Singapore 2012

  • Must see! Christmas Light Up on Orchard Road.

  • Week leading to 25 Dec 2012. Free performances by churches. Various spots on Orchard Road.

  • More visitors come during this season than any other Singapore festivals.

    Photos of Light Up:
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  • More tips on hotels, freebies, etc.

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Page author: Gabriel Tan. All rights reserved.
Page Created 2008. Updated: 2 January 2012.

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