Festivals in Singapore 2023Here are 16 popular festivals in Singapore that are celebrated with great enthusiasm:
When: Pongal is celebrated every year from January 14 to January 17.
What to Experience: Visit little India where some streets are turned into small villages with streak of stalls. Catch a glimpse of cultural dances and pongal cooking competition and visit the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple.
2. Chinese New Year
When: 22 January 2023
What to Experience: Head out to Chinatown where the street light up is famous along with the performances by the Lion dancers and Fire eaters. Don't miss Singapore's version of carnival called the Chingay Parade.
When: 5th Feburary 2023
What to Experience: Join the annual Kavadi Procession from Little India where it starts. Visit Sri Thendayuthapani Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple.
4. Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival or the spring lantern festival is one of the most popular festivals in Singapore. It marks the last day of celebration of the Chinese New Year (15th day). During this day, the kids carry paper lanterns outside, lit them up and release it in the sky. Some paper lanterns are simple and traditional whereas some are of different shapes and sizes. Some even have quizzes on them for the kids to solve. It's a magnificent sight to see several lanterns light up the night sky.
When: 6th February 2023
What to Experience: Visit Chinatown for the thousands of Lanterns decorated in the precinct. Enjoy the performances in the Moonfest Chinese Arts Festival. Savour the delicious Mooncakes to get the taste of the festival.
5. Vesak Day
Vesak Day is celebrated all over the world by followers of Buddhism. It marks the enlightenment and death of Buddha. During this festival in Singapore, devotees are often found meditating and doing a significant amount of charity work. This day also allows people to self-reflect. Vesak day falls on the full moon during the month of Vesak.
When: 2nd June 2023
What to Experience: Visit major Buddhist temples like the Lin Shan Shuang Lin Temple, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple and many more. Don't miss the ritual of Bathing the Infant Buddha.
6. Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival (also known as Duanwu Festival) or the Zhongxao Festival is a cultural festival of China that originated thousands of years ago. The festival is also called the Double Fifth Festival as it falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar. During this festival, dragon boats compete in races all over the world where Chinese communities are present, including Singapore. The boats compete at the Bedok Reservoir. People consume rice dumplings (zhongzi) and realgar wines during this day.
When: The festival usually falls around the end of May to the first two weeks of June on the English calendar - 22 June 2023
What to Experience: Catch all the action of the races in Bedok Reservoir and DBS Marina Regatta. There are fun games to keep you occupied and enjoying before the race.
7. Hari Raya Puasa
Hari Raya Puasa marks the end of Ramadan - the month of fasting by the Muslims. Hari Raya Puasa means 'The day of Celebration'. During this festival in Singapore, people visit the mosques and then the graves (to greet any family that passed away). They celebrate by wearing new clothes and visiting their families along with reciting takbir in mosques in the evening. Oil lamps are also lit up. The festival symbolises purification and renewal of an individual.
When: 22nd April, 2023
What to Experience: Get to experience the extravagance of the delicious food in the Geylang Serai Bazaar. Catch a glimpse of the ritual of breaking the fast near the Sultan Mosque.
8. Singapore National Day
The National Day of Singapore is one of the favourite festivals in Singapore. The day is celebrated by holding a parade, followed by choreographed dances and much more. Every Singaporean takes pride in their country, people and their harmony.
When: August 9, every year
What to Experience: Be a part of the National Day celebrations at the Marina Bay or view the fireworks from the Singapore Flyer. Don't forget to get your 'Funpack'.
9. Deepavali (Diwali)
Deepavali or Diwali marks the day Lord Rama returned to his kingdom. It signifies the victory of the good over the bad. During this day, Little India is lit up with lights and the skies are filled with dazzling fireworks in the night. People wear new clothes and greet each other. Before the day, some families clean their houses and make new purchases.
When: 12 November 2023
What to Experience: Join the celebrations and pujas during the festival at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Go on a Diwali Shopping Spree in Mustafa Centre and the Festival Village.
10. Hari Raya HajiHari Raya Haji symbolises sacrifices made by Ibrahim (willingness to sacrifice his first-born). Volunteers from the mosque sacrifice goat, sheep and cows. One-third of the meat is given to the ones in need and the rest is given to the family of the people who offered the animals for sacrifice.
When: 29th June
What to Experience: Join the faithful in making the most out of this spiritual festival. Visit Mosques like the Sultan Mosque, Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, etc. Spend the evenings with friends and family over a meal.
11. Hungry Ghost Festival
When: The festival is celebrated between the last week of August and the first week of September - 30 August 2023
What to Experience: Take the Birth, Life and Death Tour in Chinatown, take a Tour with the Asia Paranormal Investigators (API) and visit the Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple to witness the festivities.
Other Events and Festivals in Singapore
12. Singapore Art Festival
Singapore Art Week is a 12-day event that takes place every January. It is a celebration and a display for the lovers of visual arts. The event is held across multiple venues in Singapore. The event contains various exhibitions, numerous artworks, gallery openings, public art walks, lifestyle events and workshops. This is surely one of the festivals in Singapore that you must not miss.
When: 6 January 2023 - 15 January 2023
13. International Festival Of Arts
When: The Festival is usually held at the end of June - 22nd May to 10thJune 2023
14. Singapore Food Festival
When: TBA - August/ September
15. Singapore Night Festival
Singapore Night Festival brings out the best of the city with its heritage sites adorned with colourful lights. The Night Festival takes place on two weekends every August. Bras Basah Bugis is an art enclave in Singapore's civic centre that comes to life during the Night Festival. Watch international artists performing their original works on the streets. Some areas become only a pedestrian area to allow the festival to take place. The SNF (Singapore Night Festival) has a different theme every year, according to which the artists are chosen and decorations are selected. It's an event not to miss if you're in the city during August.
When: Two weekends, every August
16. Singapore Grand Prix
Yes, you heard that right. Grand Prix Season held during September, is the perfect place to be to enjoy the thrill and to feel the rush. The fun is both on and off track. The Formula 1 race championship takes place through the city. Support your favourite to cheer for them. Post racing, there are many concerts and parties held. Grand Prix Singapore attracts many island dwellers and foreigners as well!
When: September - 15th September to 17th September 2023
Apart from these festivals of Singapore, the folks also celebrate other religious festivals, pertaining to their religion. Majority of people in Singapore celebrate Christmas and New Years. The multi-ethnic community takes great pride in celebrating the many festivals of Singapore.