National Day 2023 is coming up round the corner! Experience the vibrant spirit of Singapore and its history as the nation comes together to celebrate this momentous! Join in the festivities and immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry that makes this nation so special. This year’s theme ‘Onward As One’ calls for a more united society that celebrates differences but ultimately embraces the commonality between all Singaporeans; their love for the country. Here are some of the best ways you can celebrate your love for the nation!
From dazzling parades and spectacular fireworks to heartwarming performances and exhibitions, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Ticket applications have closed but if you have managed to get tickets for the National Day Parade at Padang on August 9, 2023 (do remember successful applicants would have received notifications by now), stay tuned to be swept away by the infectious energy of the celebrations. Look out for your absolute favorites like the State Flag Flypast and the Presidential Gun Salute. Be sure to keep a look out for the RSAF55 Aerial Display and the Total Defense Parade as well. For more information, do visit the official website.
National Day Parade, The Padang, Singapore 179861, www.ndp.gov.sg/ndp-at-padang
Perhaps one of the best ways to reflect on Singapore’s progress, unity, and the unwavering spirit of its people would be to celebrate from the heartlands. Engage in that community spirit and love by catching the fireworks from your neighborhoods, if you did not manage to clinch this year’s NDP tickets. This year’s fireworks display will be extended to the following 5 locations on August 9. 2023. Stay tuned to the official website for more information on NDP in the Heartlands!
1. Bedok Stadium
2. Jurong West Stadium
3. Toa Payoh Stadium
4. Woodlands Stadium
5. Our Tampines hub
NDP in the Heartlands, Various Locations, www.ndp.gov.sg/ndp-at-heartlands
Celebrate Singapore's National Day in style by visiting the Istana Open House! Step into the prestigious official residence of the President of Singapore and explore the beautifully manicured gardens, marvel at the stunning architecture, and discover the historical significance of this iconic landmark. The Istana Open House is a unique chance to experience the grandeur and elegance of this historic site while celebrating the spirit of our nation. Dates are usually updated on the official website, so do keep a lookout. Do take note that there will be merchandise booths with limited-edition Istana souvenirs and President’s Challenge souvenirs. All proceeds will go towards charities supported by the President’s Challenge.
Istana Open House, Istana Orchard Rd, Singapore 238823, www.istana.gov.sg/Visit-And-Explore/Istana-Open-House
Experience the magic of Singapore's National Day like never before at the National Day Concert at Gardens by the Bay on August 5, 2023, from 4:30pm onwards! Set against the stunning backdrop of one of Singapore's most iconic landmarks, this FREE concert promises an unforgettable evening of music, celebration, and unity with home-grown stars. Be captivated by electrifying performances from top local talents and renowned artists, as they pay tribute to the nation through soul-stirring melodies and powerful renditions of patriotic songs such as “Home” and “Count on Me, Singapore”. Join thousands of fellow Singaporeans in a joyous display of national pride and solidarity. The enchanting atmosphere, enhanced by dazzling light displays and breathtaking fireworks, will leave you in awe. Immerse yourself in the spirit of Singapore as we commemorate our nation's journey and achievements. Secure your spot at the National Day Concert at Gardens by the Bay, The Meadow, for an extraordinary celebration that will create memories to last a lifetime. Visit the website for more information and be part of this unforgettable National Day experience.
The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, 31 Marina Park Singapore, 019191, www.mediacorp.sg/ndc2023
As National Day looms around the corner, come experience the thrill of sportsmanship and the joy of unity at the Harmony Sports Fiesta 2023 Singapore from July 22 to 23, 2023! This exciting event is a celebration of diversity, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to participate in a wide array of sports and activities. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or a casual sports enthusiast, the Harmony Sports Fiesta has something for everyone. The fiesta promises friendly competitions, exhilarating games, and a true sense of camaraderie as we come together to celebrate the power of sports in fostering harmony and understanding among communities. The Fiesta offers a diverse range of sports and recreational activities that promote not only physical well-being but also cultural exchange and mutual respect.
Through the sporting events, we are reminded that it’s not just about competition; it's about building bridges, breaking barriers, and forging lasting friendships and one is able to appreciate the process of nation-building in Singapore. Come bring your families along and join for an extraordinary day of fun, excitement, and harmony at the Harmony Sports Fiesta 2023!
Visit the official website for more details.
OCBC Square, 1 Stadium Pl, Singapore 397628, https://www.sportshub.com.sg/HarmonySportsFiesta
Celebrate Singapore’s National Day with the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s 17th Sing-Along on August 5, 2023 from 7pm to 9pm! Gather with your fellow Singaporeans and embrace the spirit of unity as we come together in harmony, singing beloved National Day songs that we have grown up with and that embody the essence of our multicultural heritage. The event is lined up with many exciting performances. Some of these include The A Capella Society’s Children’s Pop Choir and Youth Voices, a choir consisting of children and youth with special needs and homegrown artists and SG:SW I Write My Song alumni Yokez, Elton Lee, Morgan Law and Yohannis Kasmani. The event will be hosted by Mediacorp LOVE 972 DJ Chua Leelian and Mediacorp YES 933 DJ Zhong Kun Hua in both English and Mandarin. The event is free and suitable for all ages so do come down with your families. Remember to don your patriotic colours (red and white). More details can be found on the official website.
Toa Payoh HDB Mall Square, 470 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310470, https://singaporeccc.org.sg/events/17thnationaldaysing-along/
Perhaps one way you might want to commemorate National Day with your loved ones this year might be by enjoying Singapore’s natural beauty and now you can at the Orchid Extravaganza: Orchids of the East Tropics. Experience the breath-taking beauty of nature’s most exquisite bloom at Gardens By The Bay. This floral spectacle is a mesmerizing celebration of the region's rich biodiversity and the enchanting allure of orchids. Set against the backdrop of lush greenery, immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colors, shapes, and fragrances as you wander through the stunning displays. Discover a captivating showcase of rare and exotic orchids, intricately arranged to showcase the fascinating diversity of the East Tropics. Apart from featuring botanical wonders from our neighbouring countries, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Thailand, the exhibition will also feature our national flower, Vanda Miss Joaquim, also known as the Singapore orchid. Beyond the floral displays, the Orchid Extravaganza also features recreation of these countries’ traditional house, adorned with cultural artefacts and handicrafts so this is a good opportunity to learn more about Singapore’s past! The exhibition starts from July 28 to September 17, 2023 from 9am to 9pm at the Flower Dome. To get your tickets or learn more, visit the official website.
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953, https://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/things-to-do/calendar-of-events/orchid-extravaganza-2023.html
Celebrate the spirit of our nation with an exciting and engaging National Day Quiz, presented by the Singapore Discovery Centre! If you’ve missed out on the chance to get tickets to watch this year’s National Day celebrations, fret not! By taking part in the quiz, you stand to win a pair of tickets to the preview show on July 29, 2023 or the actual day on August 9, 2023. Sign up for a fun-filled and informative journey through Singapore's rich history, culture, and achievements. Test your knowledge and ignite your patriotic pride with a series of thought-provoking questions and interactive challenges. To participate, all you need to do is comment to the contest post on Instagram or Facebook with your answers to the quiz and tag 3 friends. Like and share the post on your page. After which, remember to follow Singapore Discovery Centre on both Instagram and Facebook. It’s that simple! The contest ends on July 28, 2023 so hurry now! For more information, check out the official website.
Celebrate this National Day with a burst of mouth-watering flavors as Din Tai Fung proudly relaunches its widely popular Steamed Chilli Crab with Pork Xiao Long Bao and introduces an array of locally created signature dishes! Get ready for an extraordinary culinary experience that pays homage to Singapore's unique culinary heritage and passion for exquisite taste. Indulge in the tantalizing aroma and succulent taste of Din Tai Fung's iconic Steamed Chilli Crab with Pork Xiao Long Bao – a delightful fusion of juicy pork filling infused with the rich, spicy goodness of Singapore's famous chilli crab-based broth. It's a perfect marriage of traditional xiao long bao and the nation's beloved seafood delight, sure to excite your taste buds. They only cost SG$11.50 for 4 pieces (available island-wide, while servings last) and the promotion period only lasts till August 31, 2023. Apparently, these these xiao long baos are also 40 per cent bigger than the regular ones! Hurry now and head down to the nearest Din Tai Fung outlet!
Din Tai Fung, Various Locations, https://dintaifung.com.sg/
If you are a history buff, this is the perfect way to spend time this National Day season. Discover Singapore’s inspiring transformation and the forging of a new national spirit at the National Museum of Singapore's latest exhibition, "Semangat yang Baru: Forging a New Singapore Spirit." Step into a captivating narrative that delves into the pivotal moments in our nation's history from the 1950s to 1970s. Uncover the untold stories of resilience, innovation, and unity demonstrated by our past leaders and fellow Singaporeans that have shaped the Singaporean identity, and witness first-hand how our diverse communities came together to overcome adversity to create a better tomorrow. Through immersive displays, multimedia presentations, and interactive exhibits, "Semangat yang Baru" offers a thought-provoking and emotional journey that resonates with every visitor. Apart from the exhibition itself, you can look forward to other exciting line-ups such as Behind the Scenes Curator tours, interactive bus tours, film-screenings and more. The exhibition is open till November 13, 2023 from 10am to 7pm and admission is free for all Singaporeans and PRs. Check out the museum’s website for more details.
Basement, Exhibition Gallery 1, National Museum of Singapore, https://www.nhb.gov.sg/nationalmuseum/our-exhibitions/exhibition-list/semangat-yang-baru
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