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  • Dragon Boat Festival - YourSingapore.com
    against one another in search for the ultimate glory It s a sport that has its roots in ancient China and like numerous ancient Asian sports dragon boat racing also has a rich and mystifying heritage Its origins begin with the death of the great poet Qu Yuan who lived in the Chinese kingdom of Chu An incorruptible Minister of State Qu Yuan apparently became so upset with the acts of corruption within his government that he threw himself into the Mei Lo River in despair The rowing action of the dragon boaters thus symbolise the desperate attempts of the village fishermen at beating their oars on the water to drive away man eating fish as they tried to rescue him While the fishermen were not able to save Qu Yuan the tradition of throwing cooked rice dumplings also known as ba chang wrapped in silk or banana leaves to appease the spirits of the river continues in today s festival activities Today dragon boat racing is a more cheerful spectacle Show your support and cheer as the beautifully decorated boats splash and race across the surface of the water and witness a whole range of ancient rites that are still performed here including the showering of the dragon head of the boat before each race Dragon Boat Racing is a must for all sports fans as it is a competitive vigorous sport with lots of action thrills and spills and is just as ideal for great day full of wholesome family fun and entertainment What s more dragon boat racing with its fearsome drumbeats mesmerising chants and intense camaraderie is also a joy to watch and savour The Kallang River just outside the Central Business District is another venue where you can take in dragon boat racing Here various

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  • Fashion Steps Out @ Orchard - YourSingapore.com
    Road can be extremely gratifying with streets of endless mega malls bringing you everything from designer labels to quirky independent ones daily street wear to haute couture And with the Fashion Steps Out Orchard festival held annually at Singapore s prime shopping belt there are now even more reasons to shop Fashion Steps Out Orchard formerly known as Fashion Season Orchard is a six week fashion extravaganza that showcases the latest season collections from around the globe And the best way to present these exciting collections On the longest outdoor catwalk stage in town Unlike other fashion showcases that usually happen behind closed doors this show is free for all where you can experience the glamour up close and personal And no fashion festival is complete without stunning models Witness up and coming models in the region as the strut their best in the Asian Model Search contest all in hopes of being the next face of Asia But there s a slight twist as compared to conventional model contests You get to decide who would be the next top model All you have to do is head on down and vote for your favourite It s that simple That s not all Get in on the action by taking part in fashion workshops where you ll learn from professional stylists Also participate in a fashion themed photography exhibition fashion parties enjoy endless shopping deals at participating malls and win attractive prizes So step out to Orchard Road and come out with the best fashion experience ever Highlights Where to go Visit Orchard Road Singapore The Iconic Shopping Location Orchard Road Singapore is the iconic shopping belt where multinational brands such as Abercrombie Fitch Tory Burchand Dior have their flagship stores Where to Stay Accommodation Find and compare rates here

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  • Grand Prix Season Singapore - F1 Race, Parties & Events - YourSingapore.com
    of glamour and high octane entertainment International headliners world class productions and glamorous parties Once again Grand Prix Season Singapore went full throttle on entertainment Featuring headlining acts like Maroon 5 Katy Perry Jay Chou and Bananarama the 2012 FORMULA ONE SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX got off to a roaring start with tickets being sold out early This year Grand Prix Season Singapore 2012 got everyone to Live Louder Than Life with afterparties like Amber Lounge that brought race goers from paddock to party think F1 drivers global celebrities and vibrant fashion shows Set right in the middle of the track The Podium Lounge was another sought after party that saw international DJ Seb Fontaine helming the decks on all three nights along with more fashion shows and A listers Views of the race and Marina Bay skyline were admired from rooftop bars like 1 Altitude and Ku Dé Ta while special F1 themed parties went on at various nightspots Other popular cocktail bars such as Bar Stories served up special F1 themed cocktails to celebrate the season Be sure to catch Grand Prix Season Singapore 2013 as we bring you even more exciting parties packed with multi sensory experiences

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  • Great Singapore Sale - YourSingapore.com
    mall looks more of a space voyager s dream battleship than a swish consumerist haven housing the likes of Dior Homme Louis Vuitton and Diane von Furstenberg as well as trendy budget friendly options such as Topshop Forever21 and Mango Three other shopping destinations include 313 Orchard Orchard Central and the Mandarin Gallery But if you fall into that elite brigade of fashionistas who desire the forward looking witty or plain eccentric budding local and international indie designers then troop down to the breezy Haji Lane in the Kampong Glam precinct for your bargain scouring fix and soothing post shopping shisha or chai If the colourful ethnic wear and knick knacks of the various races in Singapore have enthralled your senses then be sure to get your very own bargain pieces during the Great Singapore Sale from the exclusive boutiques in the various ethnic enclaves like Chinatown Kampong Glam and Little India At these locations you ll find a stunning array of value for money steals and unique offerings that you ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the world These cultural precincts are not just great places for shopping but are also well noted for their food offerings so round off a day of shopping by having a sumptuous meal Come armed with a great fighting spirit to beat the dizzying crowds recyclable bags to hold your shopping and credit cards to earn yourself some exclusive privileges when you shop here A myriad of cashless payment promotions reduced taxes and concierge services are also available for you when you shop during the sales period The Great Singapore Sale runs for two full months giving bargain hunters more than enough time to pick up items you fancy at a leisurely pace Highlights The Ultimate Shopping Precinct Visit Orchard

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  • Hari Raya Aidilfitri - YourSingapore.com
    When the sun sets families and friends often gather to break the fast with evening prayers and meals and the streets of Geylang Serai and Kampong Glam come alive with performances and street bazaars If you re in Singapore during Ramadan this is the best times to soak in the festivities Head to the Malay Village in Geylang Serai or make your way to Kampong Glam an area that was once home to Singapore s Malay royalty Both ethnic enclaves attract Singaporeans of all races and wherever you re from you re welcome to take part in the celebrations Besides the glittering street light ups and traditional decorations you ll find street stalls that open from early afternoon till late into the night selling a wide variety of traditional food fashion textiles and handicrafts From tailor made traditional dresses known as baju kurung to hand woven cushion covers from affordable Persian carpets to delightful flower arrangements you re bound to find a keepsake of the festivities In Geylang Serai you ll also find stalls that personalise key chains and door signs for the home all engraved and painted by hand on finely crafted wood The main attraction of the bazaars is of course the food A trip to the bazaars is simply not complete without sampling the variety of traditional Malay cakes and pastries called kueh kueh Take your pick from sweet snacks like pineapple tarts ondeh ondeh made with palm sugar filled centres and putu piring a steamed dessert served with grated coconut When Hari Raya Aidilfitri arrives Muslim families often dress in the same colour to signify their unity The men wear a loose shirt with trousers known as baju Melayu and the women wear the quintessential baju kurung If you re lucky enough you might get an

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  • Hari Raya Haji - YourSingapore.com
    son in the name of God According to the Islamic calendar Hijrah this festival starts on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja 70 days after the holy month of Ramadan Practicing Muslims celebrate this auspicious day to mark the end of Hajj the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca The Hajj which is currently the largest annual pilgrimage in the world sees thousands of pilgrims simultaneously converge on the Holy land to perform a series of rituals It is also considered the fifth pillar of Islam a religious obligation for able bodied Muslims with the financial means It is not just a powerful demonstration of the solidarity between Muslim men and women but also of their complete submission to Allah God in the Islamic scriptures of the Quran During this public holiday male volunteers congregate in the mosques to offer their prayers and reflect upon the sermons that are read out After performing the customary Hari Raya Haji prayers they then sacrifice sheep goats and cows This act symbolises Prophet Ibrahim s readiness to sacrifice his own flesh and blood The meat is then packed and distributed among the Muslim community especially to families who are less fortunate This day which is the perfect time to observe the ethics and practices of the Muslim community serves as a reminder to share one s wealth with the less fortunate After a long day of carrying out customary practices the Muslims would then pay a visit to their parents families and friends for a hearty lunch and merrymaking Within the city itself you can partake in the festivities in areas such as Geylang Serai and Kampong Glam where lively bazaars and dazzling local decorations are held to mark this important day for locals and visitors to soak in the atmosphere

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  • Hungry Ghost Festival - YourSingapore.com
    opened and souls of the dead are freed and allowed to roam the earth The best places to watch how the traditional rites are practised in Singapore are in the soul of the heartlands where fellow believers congregate to burn incense sticks and present their offerings in the form of prayer fruit such as Mandarin oranges food such as roasted suckling pig bowls of rice and occasionally a local Chinese cake made especially for the occasion It is not uncommon to see various forms of tentage set up in open fields during this period for the Chinese also believe in entertaining the spirits with boisterous live wayang and getai performances not only depicting tales of the divine gods and goddesses but also bawdy stand up comedy with a local twang song and dance numbers in the various Chinese dialects and even sensually acrobatic pole dancing by felinely lithe spandex clad dancers Everyone is welcome to watch the show as long as you don t sit at the front row which is reserved for the special guests The festival is so widely practised here that special joss paper bins have been set up for believers to burn their paper money in believed to translate into great fortune in the afterlife Small altars can also be seen outside many homes both on private property and in public housing areas From grand feasts costing thousands of dollars to a mélange of puppetry opera and singing performances the various ways with which the Chinese appease these roaming spirits is fascinating to watch these festivities usually take place across the various neighbourhoods like Chinatown Redhill and Geylang so check these out if you re feeling a little adventurous and want to lose yourself in a truly local experience Highlights Also Check Out Wayang Chinese Opera

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  • Mid-Autumn Festival - YourSingapore.com
    Chinese legend and traditions brought to Singapore by our ancestors the Mid Autumn Festival is now celebrated yearly in August or September to commemorate the selfless act of Chang e the wife of a merciless ruler Many centuries ago she drank the elixir of immortality to put an end to her husband s evil deeds The Mid Autumn Festival is also fondly known as the Lantern or Mooncake Festival because of the festivities that surround the occasion The Mid Autumn Festival is celebrated among both the mainland and the Chinese diaspora Traditionally it is an occasion spent with family members similar to Thanksgiving Observe and capture the timeless fond traditions surrounding the festival by heading to Chinatown the vibrant hub of the Chinese community to soak in the convivial mood Make sure you are armed with a camera and indulge in a little snap happy clicking of your own The beautiful giant lantern displays mini stalls selling paper lanterns in various shapes and sizes and striking variations of the traditional mooncake delicacy will make great subjects for photography and add colour to your travels For the culinary adventurous and budding gourmands sample scrumptious mooncakes a rectangular box or circle shape thick pastry dough filled with yummy ingredients in traditional flavours like lotus and egg yolk or exotic varieties like durian chocolate coffee and ice cream Set aside some time to watch performing arts troupes depict scenes from the tale of the elusive Chang E in the form of traditional dances opera or puppetry shows for the ultimate Mid Autumn festival experience Highlights More About Chinese Culture Representing 74 2 of the population Chinese in Singapore include close to 10 different Where to Go Thian Hock Kheng Temple The Thian Hock Keng Temple was erected in 1821 by seamen grateful for

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