Singapore National Day is coming!

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The Singapore national day is celebrated every year on 9 August. Singapore often organizes a parade and fireworks festival on this day in the bustling scene of flags and flowers of excited people’s” eating ceremony.” Almost all civil servants in the country will have the day off on National Day, except for specific occupations.

What is Singapore National Day?

Singapore declared its independence from Britain in August 1963. It joined the Federation of Malaysia in September 1963, following a referendum on Singapore’s 1962 annexation. However, Singapore left the federation two years later and gained its sovereignty on 9 August 1965, when Yusof bin Ishak was sworn in as Singapore’s first President.

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Why is the Singapore flag red and white?

Red symbolizes universal brotherhood and human equality. White represents purity and eternal virtue. The crescent moon represents a young nation on the rise, and the five stars represent the nation’s ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice, and equality.

The Singapore National Day
The Singapore National Day

How did Singapore get its name?

The beginnings of Singapore are steeped in local Malay legends. The Island is said to have received its name from a visiting Sumatran prince in the 14th century who saw a terrifying creature – later identified as a lion – upon his arrival. It was a good omen; the prince founded a new city on the spot, renaming the Island from Temasek to Singapura.

In Sanskrit, “singa” means lion, and “Pura” means city. Thus, Singapore City was born, and today the symbol of the god Merlion – a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish – reminds Singapore’s early connection to the legend. This and the sea.

What was Singapore first called?

Very little is known about Singapore’s early history, but somewhere in the 3rd-century record of a Chinese traveler, there is a mention of Pu Luo Chang, the Chinese translation of Pulau Ujong, which means ‘Island at the end in Malay – probably alluding to Singapore’s position at the southernmost tip. Tip of the Malay peninsula.

The Singapore currency unit
The Singapore currency unit

What language is spoken in Singapore?

4 official languages of Singapore are Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and English. However, due to its bilingual education policy, most citizens speak two or more languages – usually English, their ethnic mother tongue, and possibly others.

5 interesting facts about Singapore?

Singapore is a country that never ceases to amaze visitors and the world!

  1. Since 1905, Singapore has changed time zones six times! Its time zone is GMT+8 right now (to sync with Malaysia), but it’s still technically incorrect. So Singapore must be in the GMT +7.5 time zone.
  2. Chewing gum is prohibited in Singapore. Only people with a prescription are allowed to chew gum!
The National Day of Singapore
The National Day of Singapore

3. Singapore’s national anthem is written in microscopic letters on the back of their $1,000 bill.

4. Singapore is called the Lion Island, but there has never been a lion outside of captivity in Singapore.

5. Singapore’s Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has more tree species than the entire North American continent.

The Singapore National Day
The Singapore National Day

Singapore National Day is concerned. Joining the stream of people eager to “have a party” in a leading developed country in Southeast Asia is an experience worth trying. Don’t miss the full-scale military parade and the brilliant fireworks festival in the Marina Bay sky!

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