Singapore celebrates National Day

20:00 | 09/08/2018
Thanh Tung reports from the celebrations of Singapore National Day held at Bishan Active Park, documenting a refreshing mixture of national pride, environmental awareness, and multiculturalism.

I have been to the beautiful Singapore for six times, but this visit is the most interesting because I had the chance to take part in Singapore’s National Day celebrations on August 9.

Singapore is far more than the sum of its numerous attractions. It is constantly evolving, reinventing and reimagining itself, with people who are passionate about creating new possibilities. They always take pride in their nation.

Singapore is where foodies, explorers, collectors, thrill seekers, culture vultures, and social butterflies meet―and live new experiences every day.

We woke up early before taking a car to Bishan Active Park, where the Bishan North National Day Observance Ceremony is organised. Thousands of people of all ages have gathered on the scene. They are jubilantly chatting with one another, playing games, and engaging in art performances. Notably, everyone wears a red T-shirt and holds a national flag in their hands. People queue in order to get tickets free-of-charge.

I am also given a ticket which I can use to exchange for a T-shirt, a can of soft drink, a pack of snacks, and a set of small ceramic plates as souvenirs.

The ceremony is attended by Josephine Teo, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs. At the event, people loudly repeat the Singapore National Pledge.

The event also takes time to educate people about environmental protection and climate change, and treasuring our natural habitat.

Following are photos about how Singaporean people celebrate their National Day:

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People arrived to the park early, earger to celebrate Singapore National Day
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Visitors taking part in rhythmic gymnastics before the celebration begins
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On the stage, a Tai Chi performance by a group of elderly
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The National day also left space for Malaysian music
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A miniature golf course for light-hearted relaxation
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For free entry, visitors are challanged for a game
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People queueing up to exchange their tickets for gifts
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The National Day also seized the opportunity to call attention to environmental protection and climate change
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A great group photo to remember the day
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The educational exhibit about protecting the environment

In the afternoon of August 9 at the Marina Bay area, the National Day Parade took place. It started off like a full house rock concert, with about 30,000 spectators and a stage that erupted in flashing lights and a twanging electric guitar solo. The most exciting activity was the aircraft show and then the fire works. I have never witnessed such a fascinating scene.

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Spectators awaiting the night's events
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The air show beginning with the Singaporean national flag
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Aircrafts flying in formation
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The grand finale of the evening, the fireworks

By Thanh Tung

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