Great Singapore festivals
As well as some of the best shopping in Asia, a host of world class eateries and one of the most peaceful societies on the planet, Singapore has plenty of great annual events to tempt the traveller. So, if you are planning a visit to the magnificent island state, be sure to check the calendar and see what festivals, sports events or holidays will be on at the time. Here are some our favourite Singapore bashes.
Chinese New Year
The biggest event on the calendar is, undoubtedly, Chinese New Year when the island kicks up its heels in spectacular style. Beginning at the start of the first month on the Chinese calendar and running for over two weeks, this richly colourful celebration takes place during January and February of our calendar. Though it's celebrated across the city, Chinatown is the main hub of activity, where, beneath the glow of thousands of hanging red lanterns, the streets come to life with dance, music, food and fireworks.
Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Racing at the Bedok Reservoir is one of the best fun-for-all-the-family days out you can have in Singapore. During the festival, boat crews of 22 people come to compete in the sweltering heat for one of the biggest prizes in the sport. Between the hectic, breath taking races, you'll see a range of rituals and rites performed, reflecting the historical significance of this ancient sport to the island's Chinese population. Even if you are not a sports fanatic, when the drum beats start and the rowers dig their oars into the water, you will find it impossible not to get caught up in the sheer, unbridled passion of the whole thing.
World Gourmet Summit
The Singaporeans' relationship with food is really more of an obsession than a mere love and that's why their numerous food festivals are such a joy to attend. The World Gourmet Summit is probably the most opulent of all, however, bringing together haute cuisine from every corner of the planet, with events held in all the city's top restaurants. Expect celebrity chefs, in-depth workshops, incredible wine tasting sessions and course after course of superb food.