Singapore Celebrates 55th National Day Virtually
On August 9, Singapore marks its 55th birthday since independence and, like most events this year, festivities will be slightly different. In the past, thousands of Singaporeans gather at the Padang to watch the National Day Parade (NDP), but this year, most of the celebrations will take place on television or online.
Located in the western part of the South China Sea, Singapore is a frequented destination for many international assignees and expatriates. A blend of eastern and western cultures, it boasts world leading technological, medical, and educational infrastructures, yet maintains a rich cultural diversity.
Bringing NDP to Your Home
This year’s National Day theme, “Together, a Stronger Singapore,” is reflective of the current situation where we stand in solidarity as one nation to overcome the greatest challenge of our time—the COVID-19 pandemic.
The day will begin with the Prime Minister holding a televised National Day address, followed by a parade at the Padang. As the historic site of the first-ever National Day Parade in 1966, the Padang serves as a fitting location to start a day of celebration. While Singapore’s national anthem is played, flag-raising ceremonies will take place across the island, with Singaporeans encouraged to sing the anthem from wherever they are watching.
Aerial parade activities will expand beyond the virtual. For the first time ever, traditional NDP favorites, the “Fly Our Flag” aerial display and fighter jet air shows, plan to soar across the sky island-wide, for all to see. So, if you’re on assignment in Singapore at the moment, don’t miss these incredible aerial displays taking place above your home this Sunday… and, if you have a flag, be sure to wave it! The Red Lions parachute show, another crowd favorite, will also make special appearances at selected locations, while vessels from the Navy and various public agencies take part in a maritime sail-past, gliding past the Marina Bay Skyline.
Back on land, the parade itself includes members of the Singapore Army, the Republic of Singapore Navy, the Republic of Singapore Air Force, and the Singapore Police Force.
Special Tribute to Frontline Workers
This year’s parade will pay special tribute to the frontline and essential workers fighting COVID-19, as well as all other Singaporeans for their strength and resilience during this challenging time.
As part of the celebrations, a line-up of intimate indoor performances will be held in the evening, sharing inspirational and uplifting stories of real Singaporeans and their stories during the pandemic. The shows will convey the message of resilience, solidarity, optimism, and hope, culminating in the national anthem and firework displays across the island.
How to Join in the Celebration
If you’re in Singapore at the moment, be sure to catch the live events on TV or online, giving you the opportunity to take part in the festivities from the comfort of your own home! For more information and an event schedule, visit www.ndp.gov.sg/.