Singapore Independence Day
London School of Business and Research, UK wishes all its learners on Singapore Independence Day – The national day of Singapore
Singapore Independence Day is celebrated every year on the 9th of August. Also called the National Day of Singapore, it is celebrated in commemoration of Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1956. You know you are witnessing the lead-up to the country’s National Day when you hear the distinctive sound of helicopters and fighter planes overhead—a sure sign that the Republic of Singapore Airforce’s rehearsal for the National Day Parade’s aerial display is in full swing. This holiday features a National Day Parade, an address by the Prime Minister of Singapore, and fireworks celebrations.
The Singapore Independence Day Parade is a national ceremony that is usually held at The Float @ Marina Bay, the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub, or the Padang. In 2007, the Parade was held at The Float @ Marina Bay for the first time, and in 2016, it was held at the Singapore Sports Hub. The parade includes performances that depict the yearly theme.
The Singapore Independence Day Message is an annual tradition since 1966. In each year’s recorded message, the Prime Minister of Singapore “examines domestic and global developments, reviews economic performance and outlook, and outlines national priorities and government plans as he inspires Singaporeans to move forward with a unified sense of purpose”
While Singapore Independence Day officially falls on the 9th of August, rehearsals for the occasion begin three to four months in advance, with preview shows on the two weekends leading to the celebration.
The Singapore story is well known—how it achieved independence in 1965 amid severe doubt it could survive at all with its tiny size and the lack of natural resources. Yet the island succeeded against the odds, deftly navigating its way through stormy waters of domestic turmoil, regional strife and international politics. It made use of every single advantage it had, emerging on the world stage as a major commercial hub, financial centre and global player.