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Experience The Vibrancy: Top 8 Festivals In Singapore For 2024!

By Sanjay Shah on Apr 3, 2024
Themes:  Festival  | Category: Festival | Country:  Singapore

Singapore – a country with a little dot image on the world map is the leading tourist destination. Millions of travelers visit this tiny island nation every year, which has all the traits that a tourist place should have. The Lion City-state offers a wealth of experiences. You can indulge in a range of activities from strolling through the bustling streets of Little Indian and Chinatown to exploring the revolutionary Gardens by the Bay. The country is globally renowned for its hospitality, pristine cleanliness, safety, diverse culinary scene, and efficiency. 

But beyond the iconic sites and modern marvels, the true charm of Singapore Tourism lies in its celebrations and rich tapestry of traditions. The phrase – melting pot of cultures – suits Singapore to the T. The city is home to people from different cultures and ethnicities. It embraces and celebrates this diversity through a dynamic calendar of festivals in Singapore. From the glittering Deepavali to the dazzling Lunar New Year festivities, these events offer a unique chance to experience the soul of Singapore. 

Experiencing such festivals will offer an authentic and immersive cultural experience. Soak in the festive vibe, mingle with locals, and experience a place beyond just sightseeing with our Singapore tour packages.

Festivals in Singapore

The country is a classic amalgamation of diverse cultures. Naturally, the festivals are the best way to celebrate its multicultural heritage with utmost enthusiasm. With a unique blend of cultures and people in Singapore, its calendar is filled with festivals and celebrations all year round.

Some of the most popular ones are,

  • Chinese New Year
  • Thaipusam
  • Singapore Food Festival
  • Singapore National Day
  • Hungry Ghost Festival
  • Singapore youth festival
  • Deepavali Festival
  • Christmas
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1.  Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

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Call it Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year – The Chinese New Year is one of the biggest celebrations in Asian countries. CNY 2024 in Singapore is the Year of the Dragon. The Lunar New Year is more than just a modern-day celebration; it is rich with tradition and symbolism. Ok, so now – how will you celebrate and enjoy this iconic festival in Singapore? Without a doubt – the first and the best place to revel in this festival is Chinatown in Singapore. Every year, bright ornaments, banners, and red lanterns lit up the area – symbolizing prosperity and good luck. Explore the colorful lanes, savor authentic street food, enjoy the carnival, and buy gifts and souvenirs. Apart from Chinatown, attend the Chingay Parade – the biggest float parade and street performance in Asia at the F1 Pit Building. Watch the River Hongbao event at the Marina Bay Floating Platform. The list is endless to explore and enjoy this festival while in Singapore.

The key attractions of Chinese New Year in Singapore

  • Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration
  • Chingay Parade At the F1 Pit Building
  • Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Singapore and Marina Bay Sands
  • River Hongbao At Gardens By The Bay
  • Countdown Party Experiences
  • Lion and Dragon Dances 
  • CNY Family Fun at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
  • Dahlia Dreams At Gardens By The Bay
  • Festive Markets and Bazaars
  • Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2024

Chinese New Year 2024 Date

10 Feb to 11 Feb 2024

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2. Thaipusam


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Before we delve into the celebration of Thaipusam in Singapore, let us unravel what is Thaipusam. 

It is a holy Tamil thanksgiving festival that calls for discipline and self-control over one’s senses. The term Thaipusam is made up of the words Thai and Pusam, which is the name of the star that shines the brightest and is highest in the sky during this festival. Based on Tamil folklore, Thaipusam is celebrated in honor of Lord Murugan, the destroyer of evil, who represents power, youth, and integrity. This famous festival in Singapore is celebrated in the Tamil month on the full moon day. The Thaipusam Festival in 2024 was on 25th January. Devotees pierce their skin with skewers and kavadis and march 4 km with the help of live music in a parade from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple. Catch a glimpse of this spectacular celebration at any spot on the 4km path or at Little India.

The key attractions of Thaipusam in Singapore

  • Kavadi Procession
  • Chettiar’s Hindu Temple
  • Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
  • Festive Street Processions and Rituals
  • Serangoon Road to Tank Road
  • Sri Thendayuthapani Temple

Thaipusam 2024 Date

25th Jan 2024

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3. Singapore Food Festival

Singapore Food Festival

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Singapore Food Festival 2024 is an event where all foodies gather to celebrate the rich and diverse food culture of Singapore. This annual event highlights the amazing fusion of tastes that defines Singaporean cuisine. From the contemporary to the heritage, you will get to taste the ever-changing culinary scene in the Lion City. This festival is not about just tasting different dishes, but it is an immersive experience of the food culture of Singapore. This is one of the popular tourist attractions in Singapore featuring curated food tours, cooking workshops, themed dining experiences, and various other activities. The highlight of this festival is the hawker’s centers. It is here where various chefs display their culinary skills. What is truly remarkable about this food festival in Singapore is its ability to blend modernity with tradition.

The key attractions of the Singapore Food Festival in Singapore

  • Food Walk
  • Food Cartel
  • Masterclasses
  • Food of the future
  • Workshops
  • Gourmet Market 
  • Food-themed Markets and Pop-ups

Singapore Food Festival 2024 Date

19th July to 30th July 2024

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4. Singapore National Day

Singapore National Day

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Singapore National Day 2024 is a grand event that celebrates the independence of Singapore. This event features a string of festivities and events with diverse communities. The highlight of this event is the stunning National Day Parade – a colorful display of the spirit, culture, and progress of Singapore. Apart from the parade, you can also watch amazing performances, heritage tours, fireworks, and other celebrations. The National Day of Singapore helps in creating awareness about the country. You will get a chance to learn about the current affairs and history of Singapore.

The key attractions of Singapore National Day in Singapore

  • Firework Displays At Heartlands
  • Merlion’s National Day Light Show
  • National Museum Singapore National Day Celebrations
  • NDP Celebrations @ Marina Barrage
  • RSAF Enhanced Aerial Display (Republic of Singapore Air Force)

Singapore National Day 2024 Date

9th August 2024

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5. Hungry Ghost Festival

Hungry Ghost Festival

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The Hungry Ghost Festival is a traditional Chinese event that highlights the opening of the Gates of Hell, which allows ghosts or spirits to return to Earth. Known by many as the Chinese Ghost Festival, it is observed by devotees of Buddhism and Taoism as a way to honor the memory of the departed. It is believed that during this festival the spirits and ghosts roam around freely on the earth. While doing so they visit the living and look for some entertainment and food. As a form of worshipping their ancestors and pacifying the spirits, people offer various things to them. The Hungry Ghost Festival in 2024 is an enchanting celebration steeped in cultural beliefs and ancient traditions. Whether you wish to simply observe or engage in the rituals, this Hungry Ghost Day offers a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of Singapore. 

The key attractions of the Hungry Ghost Festival

  • Making offerings
  • Getai performance
  • Release of floating lanterns
  • Wearing Protective Amulets

Hungry Ghost Festival 2024 Date

18th August 2024

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6. Singapore Youth Festival

Singapore Youth Festival

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Amongst all the other festivals in Singapore – one of the unique ones is the Singapore Youth Festival. The Ministry of Education organizes an annual event to display the creative talents of students. It honors the vibrant spirit of youth by displaying a range of artistic abilities and creativity. The date and location of this festival may vary. However, the common venues for this event are the Theatres on the Bay, the National Museum and Esplanade, and other theatres and halls. SYF 2024 has its unique program and theme. However, some things that are always a part of this festival are Arts Exhibition, Arts Presentation, opening ceremonies, and other celebrations. Browsing through the art exhibition and watching different performances are just a few of the best things that you can do at SYF. 

The key attractions of the Singapore Youth Festival

  • Opening ceremonies
  • Arts Presentation
  • Art Exhibition
  • Celebrations
  • The Youth Station Project
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Shall We Sing?
  • Festival Concert
  • The Young Playwright Presents

Singapore Youth Festival 2024 Date

1 April to 21 July 2024

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7. Deepavali Festival

Singapore Deepavali Festival

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Similar to India – Deepavali in Singapore is also one of the biggest festivals of the year. The Deepavali festival in Singapore lasts around five days. Like other festivals, Deepavali features sweets, traditional Indian clothes, fireworks, and a lot of festive fun. The local homes are decorated with clay lamps and kolam rangoli. Kolam rangoli is an elaborate geometric floor art made from uncooked colored rice. Little India is most active in the weeks leading up to Deepavali, and the celebration traditionally begins with the annual light-up that spans its streets. Enjoy a trip to Little India after sunset to watch glittering lights and shop for sweets and other decorations to get into the festive mood. Feel the vibe of Deepavali in Singapore in 2024 by visiting the temples, watching the fireworks displays, and cultural performances, and relishing the festive dishes.

The key attractions of Deepavali Festival in Singapore

  • Deepavali Light Up at Little India
  • Deepavali Festival at Raffles Hotel 
  • Visit beautiful Hindu temples 
  • Deepavali Festival Village and Food Bazaar 
  • Treasure hunt 
  • Deepavali Street Show 
  • Theemithi Firewalking 
  • Deepavali Countdown Concert

Deepavali Festival 2024 Date

29 Oct – 3 Nov 2024

8. Christmas

singapore christmas festival

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Are you set to immerse yourself in the magical world of Christmas in Singapore? This tropical haven turns into a holiday wonderland with fun rides, captivating light shows, and delicious food experiences. In this multiracial country, people of all faiths gather at the end of the year to celebrate the last religious holiday of the year. Singapore is a tourist haven all year round, but it becomes even more charming and exciting around Christmas. You can enjoy a range of festive events. Enjoy Christmas in Singapore by exploring the Christmas Light Up on Orchard Road, at Universal Studios, Boat Light Parade, and Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay. Enjoy ice adventures, indulge in festive events, savor unique Christmas dishes, shop at markets, and take in charming light displays.

The Key Attractions of Christmas in Singapore

  • Explore the lit-up Lion City.
  • Enjoy icy activities at a winter playground – Ice Magic
  • Indulge in a Singapore Christmas feast 
  • Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
  • Yuletide festivities at the Jewel Changi Airport.  
  • Attend the Orchard Road Street Party 
  • Shop until you drop at the holiday markets.
  • Experience the Singapore River Cruise during Christmas.

Christmas 2024 Date

25th December 2024


Apart from the myriad reasons to travel to Singapore – one of them is the vibrant festivals of Singapore. 

From the mouthwatering delights of the Singapore Food Festival to the electrifying Lunar New Year celebrations, each festival offers a unique glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of Singapore. Do not miss the chance to be a part of these enchanting festivals by booking one of the customized Singapore tour packages by Flamingo Travels. Our destination experts ensure you experience the best of these festivals allowing you to create memorable memories. Immerse yourself in the soul and heart of Singapore and let the infectious vibe of the city bowl you. Book your festival adventure in Singapore today.

FAQs Regarding Festivals in Singapore

What is the most famous festival in Singapore?

Chinese New Year is the most famous festival in Singapore.

What is the best time to visit Singapore?

February to April is the ideal time to visit this city-state – however, if you plan to enjoy its numerous festivals, plan your visit accordingly. 

Where is the Singapore Night Festival?

The Singapore Night Festival is located in the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct.

Is the Singapore Food Festival free?

Yes, the Singapore Festival has some free and some chargeable events. 

What is the seasonal festival of Singapore?

The seasonal festival of Singapore is the Singapore Food Festival.

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Sanjay Shah
Sanjay Shah

Hello Everyone! Being a Director of Flamingo Travels Pvt. LTD we believe in converting the Travel Imaginations Of our Tourists Into Reality! We Started Flaming Transworld in the year 1996 as a small ticketing agency with a team of three to be one of the most trusted brands in the tourism industry, this journey of the last 23 years has been full of ups and downs and tremendous hard work by our team. This transformation would not have been possible without the relentless trust and consistent support of our customers. As of now we have become the pioneers of the Tourism Industry in India and are committed to the goal of becoming “The Largest Tour Operator in the World”.

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