The National Day is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a nation or non-sovereign country. This nationhood can be symbolized by the date of independence, of becoming a republic or a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler. Often the day is not called "National Day" but serves and can be considered as one. The National Day will often be a national holiday.
The National Day of Singapore is celebrated every year on 9 August, in commemoration of Singapore's independence from Malaysia in 1965. This holiday features a National Day Parade, an address by the Prime Minister of Singapore and fireworks celebrations.
Every time National Day is celebrated, I feel proud of my country. As the saying goes “United we stand, divided we fall”, if Singapore did not persevere and work together to achieve success, Singapore would not have gained independence. So, I cherish National Day very much.
WHAT TO DO ON NATIONAL DAY IN SINGAPORE?
The National Day holiday is definitely something most of us are eagerly looking forward to. As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, here are a few ideas for you to make it extra meaningful for your family.
7 Ways To Celebrate National Day With Your Family
#1 Watch the National Day Parade live
NDP 2021 will be held at Marina Bay floating platform – Straits Times.Catch the National Day Parade (NDP) on TV and online. The celebrations will be taking on a different format this year.
#2 Watch the fireworks for free
The sky will be lighting up to celebrate the biggest annual celebration in Singapore.The official guidance is to stay home and enjoy all the live streaming and televised shows so you can get all the best views.
#3 Shop, dine and enjoy performances
There’s no shortage of absolutely fantastic local foods on this island nation. Here’s a refresher on the mouthwatering, melting pot of dishes you can enjoy to commemorate the 9th of August.
#4 Paint your faces
Paint each other’s faces in patriotic themes and parade your artwork for the whole day. Whether you are going to town or just downstairs to the minimart, wear your face with pride. And take lots of photos to remember this day!
#5 Re-watch and re-learn all the old NDP songs
One of the most important components of the National Day Celebrations is the NDP theme song.Here are some best National Day songs of all time.
1.Everything I Am by Nathan Hartono(2020)
2.Room at the Table by Charlie Lim(2020)
3.Our Singapore by various artists(2019)
4.Reach Out For The Skies by Taufik Batisah and Rui En(2018)
5.Where I Belong by Tanya Chua(2009)
6.Moments of Magic by Tanya Chua, Fann Wong and Elsa(2001)
#6 Get some fresh air
We’ve all been staying in a lot lately, so why not head out for some sun? Enjoy a good walk or hike at one of the many parks across the island.Here are some best places for fresh air in Singapore.
1.Lower Peirce Reservoir Park
2.MacRitchie Reservoir Park
3.East Coast Park
4.Singapore Botanic Gardens
5.Siglap Park Connector
6.Alexandra Park Connector
#7 Witness the National Day light ups
To celebrate Singapore’s birthday this year, various national monuments and historic buildings will be lit up in red and white-themed light projections.
They include the Armenian Church, Asian Civilisations Museum, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Central Fire Station, CHIJMES, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, National Gallery Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, The Arts House, and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.