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12 Famous Festival of Singapore You Must Experience In 2024

Singapore is a beautiful city-state where different cultures meet and cohabit in harmony. This cohabitation reflects the harmonious inter-faith celebration of cultural, religious, culinary and sports festivals. It has four official languages: Malay, Chinese, Tamil and English. Four significant ethnic communities are Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Eurasian.

You can feel the warmth and welcome of the peace-loving people of Singapore, which reflects in their respect for all religions, cultures, and humans. Therefore, you should plan a visit to experience the festivals of Singapore and explore beautiful cultural harmony with an outstanding display of art and crafts.

List of 12 Festivals in Singapore | Displays its Strong Multi-ethnic Cultural Harmony

Singapore is known for grand shopping malls, colonial buildings, historically famous marts, high rises, and nightlife. Its wealth and glamour have been famous for decades. But the real treat is its multi-ethnic cultural harmony during religious and cultural festivals of different communities, including Chinese, Malay, Tamils, Buddhists and others.

We have shortlisted and sharing here the comprehensive list of festivals in Singapore that can add a lot more fun and create memories for your next vacation to Singapore. Check out dates, things to expect, and locations to take an informed decision.

  • Singapore International Festival of Arts | An Annual Festival of Arts
  • Hari Raya | A Day of Celebration in Islam
  • Chinese New Year | Welcoming New and Good Beginnings
  • Thaipusam | A Day of Lord Murugan
  • Dragon Boat Festival | Display of Teamwork and Athleticism
  • Singapore Food Festival | A Treat for All
  • Hungry Ghost Festival | Honouring Ancestors and Deceased
  • Mid-Autumn Festival | Celebration of Autumn Harvest
  • Singapore River Festival | A Month-Long Celebration
  • Singapore Night Festival | A Cultural and Contemporary Extravaganza
  • Vesak Day | Life and Teachings of Lord Buddha
  • The National Day Festival | A Day to Celebrate Singaporean Harmony

Singapore International Festival of Arts | An Annual Festival of Arts

SIFA is the renowned and globally acknowledged annual arts festival in Singapore. Arts House Limited organises this festival of arts for the National Arts Council. The festival includes various arts, including music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. It started in 1977 as the Singapore Arts Festival and was held twice a year until 1999. The Singapore International Festival of Arts was renamed in 2012 and became the annual month-long event.

  • When: 19th May to 4th June 2023
  • Location: Arts House Limited
  • What to Expect: Guiding title for SIFA 2022-24 is ‘The Anatomy of Performance’ and will feature performances in three curated tracks (CREATION, Life Profusion, and SIFA X)

Hari Raya Puasa | A Day of Celebration in Islam

Hari Raya Puasa or Hari Raya Aidilfitri denotes the conclusion of the month-long fasting of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Muslim populations in Singapore and worldwide celebrate the first day of the Syawal calendar (the 10th month of the Hijrah calendar) with much fanfare. Hari Raya means Celebration Day in Malay, and Puasa refers to Fasting.

  • When: 22nd April 2023
  • Location: Across Singapore
  • What to expect: Morning prayers in large congregations, family and friends’ visits, donations, feastings, decorations and celebrations

Chinese New Year | Welcoming New and Good Beginnings

Chinese Singaporeans constitute over 75% of the Citizens of Singapore. Therefore, you can see a grand celebration of Chinese New Year across Singapore. It is an annual event and the most important festival in Singapore for the Chinese community.

The event honours familial ancestors and traditional deities. Visit Singapore to experience this vibrant and colourful festival to make memories of a lifetime.

  • When: The Year of Rabbit 2023 started on 22nd January
  • Location: Across Singapore and the Chinese Communities in the World
  • What to expect: Visiting family and friends clad in bright red clothing, Hong hao (packet made of scarlet paper filled with money) for kids and younger relatives, decoration of homes and public places and feasting with loved ones

Thaipusam | A Day of Lord Murugan

Tamil festivals Thaipusam and Pongal are popular religious festivals in Singapore because of the significant Tamil population in the City-State. They are around 2 lakhs and organise grand celebrations of their festivals.

Thaipusam, a festival of prayers and penance, is dedicated to Lord Murugan, also referred to as Lord Subramaniam. It is a significant religious festival for Tamil Hindus in Singapore and worldwide, wherever they reside.

According to ‘Skanda Purana’ on the day of Thaipusam, Lord Subramaniam, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, came on his Vahan peacock and appeared before his devotees.

  • When: 5th February 2023
  • Location/Route: Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple
  • What to expect: Foot procession, music and celebration along the route, and kavadis

Dragon Boat Festival | Display of Teamwork and Athleticism

Visit Singapore to experience the adrenaline rush at Dragon Boat Festival and savour on mouth-watering delicacies. The tradition of this festival in Singapore goes back to the Warring States Era of China.

The two significant elements of the festival are dumplings and dragon boat races.

  • When: 22nd June 2023
  • Location: Bedok Reservoir
  • What to expect: An exciting festival where 22-member crews compete against each other. Drumbeats and people feast on dumplings and rice.

Singapore Food Festival | A Treat for All

A bonanza for foodies, Singapore Food Festival, is the experience of a lifetime. The annual culinary event combines several kitchens, organises a huge food fiesta and offers native and

international cuisines. It’s a sheer delight for your tastebuds. Plan your journey now for the 2023 edition. It was started in 1994 and organised by Singapore Tourism Board annually.

  • When: August/September 2023
  • Location: Multiple Locations, including Clifford Square, Chinatown Food Square and more
  • What to expect: Food-related events STREAM, One Farrer’s Food Street and cooking lessons

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Hungry Ghost Festival | Honouring Ancestors and Deceased