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  • Mosaic Music Festival - YourSingapore.com
    of life Better known as the Esplanade the venue is Singapore s premier destination for all things cultural musical and artistic and its distinct shape by the Marina Bay in the heart of the CBD has earned this landmark the lovable nickname of The Durian since it opened to the public in 2002 Originally set up as a festival focused on world music and jazz acts Mosaic s line up now boasts everything that s sensationally aural from indie folk music to soulful rhythm and blues and booty bouncing hip hop to electrifying post rock sumptuously exotic Afrobeat and grungy 90s throwback indie rock a meld which has allowed the festival to garner larger audiences every year What s really amazing is that these artistes perform in a multitude of sonically suitable venues around the Esplanade from the raucous Theatre Studio to the intimate Mosaic recital studio and the smooth acoustic aura of the venerable Concert Hall ensuring that musical connoisseurs derive maximum satisfaction from their gigs Some of the musical outfits that have performed in the first six years of the festival s inception include legendary multi Grammy award winning hip hop heads The Roots avant garde African music maestro Dhafer Youssef jazz superstar Harry Connick Jr electronic instrumentalist Imogen Heap and psychedelically experimental indie pop vaudevilles of Montreal Tickets for highly sought after performances in its line up always sell out quickly a testament to the festival s ever growing popularity The Mosaic Music Festival is a fantastic way to unwind relax and engage in some of the best concerts in the region with like minded friends at the Esplanade the throbbing epicentre of the arts and entertainment in Singapore Highlights Where to Go Esplanade Theatres on the Bay Said to have an appearance similar the eye of

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  • National Day - YourSingapore.com
    sea of red and white is a sight to behold while speakers blare nationalist songs Sing Singapore Not only are the days leading up to Singapore s National Day on 9 August set abuzz by pulsating patriotic vibes all around the country this is also the best time to take in our lush cityscape Singapore s first National Day was held at the now defunct National Stadium in 1965 when the nation gained independence from Malaysia bringing with it many challenges that were eventually seen through and commemorated up till today Take a trishaw ride around the suburban areas in Singapore and you will see National flags flapping gaily outside convenience stores and public housing After indulging in the festive sales hop on to the Singapore Flyer just in time to witness the spectacular aerial performances at the Marina Bay platform where the annual National Day Parade has been held since 2008 Those lucky enough to snag tickets to the National Day Parade will experience some of Singapore s greatest technological advances executed in the form of parades stunts and cinematic storytelling retelling Singapore s history Another sight to behold and participate in is the famous Kallang Roar which was created in the early 1970s by the 55 000 soccer fanatics thronging the national stadium during the heydays of the Malaysia Cup a wave like movement to enliven any momentous national occasion Otherwise there is always the option of a romantic night out at the newly opened Marina Barrage where you can pop a bottle of champagne and watch the fireworks from a distance while partaking in the lively and exciting vibe Highlights More About Singapore A Brief History During the 14th century this small but strategically located island earned a new name Where to Stay Accommodation Find and compare

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  • Pongal - YourSingapore.com
    Pongal Festival welcomes the beginning of the 10th Tamil month called Thai which falls in mid January each year It is celebrated in the form of a thanksgiving and usually lasts four days Pongal literally means to boil over and hence the pot of rice is allowed to boil over as a sign of prosperity The first day of Pongal called Bhogi Pongal is spent spring cleaning and discarding old belongings to welcome a new beginning On the second day Pongal is celebrated Hindu homes start the day with the preparation of pongal sweet sticky rice where milk rice and sugar are boiled together cooked in a new pot that is presented as an offering to the Gods in return for their blessings On this same day house visits are made and greetings are exchanged The third day Mattu Pongal is dedicated towards honouring the cattle for ploughing the fields and for the milk they provide On this day the cattle are bathed their horns painted and multi coloured beads tinkling bells and flower garlands are tied around their necks The fourth day Kaanum Pongal is for younger members of the family to pay respect to their elders On these days Pongal rice is also prepared at all Hindu temples and special prayers are conducted In Little India visitors can witness certain significant rituals and customs such as the honouring of the cattle and the Mass Pongal which consists of a cooking competition among 20 families as part of a nine day Pongal Festival During this joyous festival Campbell Lane in front of Serangoon Rood is usually transformed into a pedestrian only mini village You can browse the myriad of stalls and get your hands on unique souvenirs Culture vultures can also experience the daily Pongal themed cultural performances taking

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  • River Hongbao - YourSingapore.com
    in cultural activities for the whole family Performances by local and foreign groups will also get everyone in the spirit for a joyous celebration ushering in the respective Chinese zodiac years Chinese New Year by the River The term Hong Bao meaning red packet is a monetary gift often associated with Chinese New Year Symbolising good luck what better way to usher in the Chinese New Year than at the River Hong Bao Since 1986 the River Hong Bao has been an annual Chinese New Year event that preserves and revives Chinese cultures and traditions Since then the event has been a compelling destination for the young and old alike To welcome the new year cultural collaborations between Singapore and China will treat you to an international line up of performances by foreign and local artists Immerse yourself in rich Chinese cultural activities such as Chinese calligraphy and riddle games or savour unique delicacies at the food fair Watch and be amazed as magnificent lanterns portraying popular Chinese characters come to life like the popular God of Fortune and the animals of the Chinese Zodiac Floats from the Chingay Parade will also make their appearance while other interesting displays dazzle up the night like lanterns made out of sugar and ceramic spoons a definite must try for all So make sure you mark a date and share in the joy and festivities with your family and friends welcoming the new year with a bang Highlights More About Chinese New Year Chinese New Year is a major highlight in Singapore s calendar of events The month of January and February is when Chinatown and major streets come alive in resplendent red hues to herald the coming Also Check out Chinese Culture Representing 74 2 of the population Chinese in Singapore include

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  • Singapore Arts Festival - YourSingapore.com
    Singapore and around the world Spanning a diverse collection of over 75 acts there s bound to be something for everyone Arty Singapore The Singapore Arts Festival has evolved from a national arts activity in 1977 that celebrated the trailblazers in the local arts fraternity into an iconic mainstay festival that has grown to be one of most cutting edge of its kind in Asia Themed differently each year the Singapore Arts Festival displays works from both legendary and budding artists alike while bridging gaps in language cultures and discipline and now encompasses visuals arts dance theatre and music You will be spoilt for choice with the line up provided by the curators of National Arts Council NAC Every year the NAC comes up with an edgy experimental and innovative line up of performances that titillates the senses of artistic types everywhere while remaining accessible to the uninitiated World renowned acts such as theatre director Robert Wilson and avant garde music composer Phillip Glass have performed in Singapore during the Arts Festival alongside Singaporean greats such as theatre director Goh Boon Teck The festival s core programme alone will feature about 75 acts from various countries with one or two world premieres to boot If you hanker for something radically different the Singapore Arts Festival continues to push the artistic envelope with some of the most innovative and experimental performances in an array of artistic mediums Look out also for the closing event which is usually one of the most memorable in the Festival Highlights Check Out Performing Arts The performing arts scene in Singapore is brimming with talents and exciting productions More to See Do Arts If you are an arts aficionado you ll be delighted to know that there are dozens of galleries museums and art spaces to

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  • Singapore Food Festival - Best Food In Singapore - YourSingapore.com
    about tucking into Singapore s local food and regional specialities you ll definitely enjoy the gastronomic morsels The Singapore Food Festival has to offer in the month of July Debuting in 1994 this annual Singapore food festival never fails to seduce the palates and appetites of locals and visitors alike with a calendar chockfull of mini events and activities organized all over the country You won t even have to travel far and wide to satisfy your cravings for authentic traditional food from the Chinese Malay Indian and Peranakan cuisines whipped up piping hot and featured in not only the city and historical enclaves but also in almost every nook and cranny of the island state But if you really want an in depth perspective of how food has shaped the various cultures in the nation then head down to the myriad traditional restaurants in the ethnic enclaves for a dining experience which entwines the history of early and developing Singapore to the customs and evolution of food in all the major racial groups in the nation You will also be spoilt for choice with other events like the food carnivals tasting sessions and best of all discounts and promotions offered by participating food and beverage establishments The Singapore Food Festival is a grand interactive learning experience a Singapore food guide that gives you a closer look at the rich cultures that make our little island pulsate with energy Talented local and international chefs hold regular cooking workshops and demonstrations during this period and if you re lucky you might just go home with a secret tip or two to spice up your culinary adventures in your kitchen It s an immensely popular food festival that appeals to both locals and tourists with a record attendance of over 354 000

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  • Singapore River Festival - YourSingapore.com
    aerial shows and swaying to the rhythms of the music River Alive for Revellers The Singapore River Festival which was incepted in 2007 is also affectionately known by many locals as one of the largest sundown party in the city area spanning through two bustling weekends Located by the Singapore River which is one of the city s most prominent heritage spots the festival will leave you spoilt for choice with an assortment of events taking place across the river They are mostly free and highy popular with locals Specially created for merry making locals and visitors to revel in are events such as the romantic bumboat parade spectacular aerial shows magic shows believe it or not in 2009 globally renowned Singaporean magician duo JC Sum and Magic Ning Babe set a Guinness World Record with an unprecedented 15 grand illusions in 5 minutes various music festivals and themed parties all set across magnificent river views While there there are also specially priced seductive cocktails dining promotions one for one deals and a quintessential food and wine festival to look out for wining and dining options specially catered for the festival With celebrations that go well into the night the Singapore River Festival is definitely an event to look forward to whether you re looking for an awesomely fun time in the city with newly made friends or a moment to remember for your family scrapbook Highlights Also check out The Arts House The Arts House is not only Singapore s oldest surviving government building but also the only gazetted government building designated as a multi disciplinary arts centre Also check out Crazy Elephant This Clarke Quay stalwart is highly regarded for its penchant for live rock n roll and blues music Its wooden décor and graffiti give it a

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  • Thaipusam - YourSingapore.com
    falls in mid January each year In Singapore the Thaipusam ceremony starts in the early hours of the morning where devotees fulfill their vows with a 4 5 km walk from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple along Serangoon Road to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple on Tank Road The first batches of devotees usually carry milk pots and wooden Kavadis A Kavadi consists of two semicircular pieces of wood or steel which are attached to a cross structure that can be balanced on the shoulders of a devotee It is often decorated with flowers palm leaves and peacock feathers The milk they have been carrying is then offered to Lord Subrahmanya at the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple Some devotees also pierce their tongues with skewers and carry a garlanded wooden arch across their shoulders Devotees carrying spiked Kavadis which require elaborate preparations leave the temple in the later part of the morning and continue till night The festival is not just an exclusively Indian affair several Chinese devotees and people of other races also come to fulfill their vows on this day The festival is a visual spectacle and it often brings traffic in the city centre to a standstill with a colourful procession full of chanting and dizzying rhythms of Indian drums In preparation for carrying a Kavadi a devotee has to prepare himself spiritually For a period of about a month the devotee must live a life of abstinence whilst maintaining a strict vegetarian diet It is believed that only when the mind is free of material wants and the body free from physical pleasures that a devotee can undertake the sacred task without feeling any pain The devotees are normally accompanied by friends and family members who cheer and offer support usually in the form of prayers and chants Witness the

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