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Charms of a Culturally Diverse Multi-ethnic Society

Ever since Singapore gained its independence from the Federation of Malaya in 1965, the city state has developed into a global commerce, finance and transport hub thanks to its rapid economic growth during the late twentieth century. As immigrants from diverse ethnic backgrounds, including Chinese, Malaysians, and Indians, are the foundation of this growth, the government makes it a point to recognize each ethnic group’s culture and traditions and encourages the holding of many related festivals. Singapore’s culture is characterized by this rich cultural diversity, which is mirrored in the country’s scrumptious cuisine. Food lovers will be attracted by the mouth watering dishes on offer, ranging from Peranakan cuisine, which combines Chinese, Malay and other influences, to Chinese, Indian, Malay and a host of cross-cultural fusion foods. The annual World Gourmet Summit and the Singapore Food Festival attest to the prestige and popularity of Singaporean cuisine.

The numerous Singaporean festivals also comprise diverse cultural festivals, including Vesak Day, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha; Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting; and Thaipusam, a Hindu ceremony that includes a procession designed to express appreciation. Other major festivals and events include the Dragon Boat Festival, known as much for its boat races; National Day, a commemoration of Singapore’s Independence from Malaysia; and River Hongbao, an annual Chinese Lunar New Year event with lanterns, fireworks, performances.

 

World-class Attractions and Activities

Singapore boasts many world-class attractions and activities. It also offer special stays in refined hotels ranging from renowned first-class to new boutique hotels with beautiful views of the city. A variety of exciting activities and attractions are popular among travelling families, such as the Singapore Flyer, at 160m in height the largest observation wheel in Asia; the Marine Life Park, which features the world’s second-largest oceanarium; Universal Studios Singapore, the first Universal Studio in Southeast Asia; or Sentosa, a popular island resort with an array of indoor and outdoor attractions. Other recommended destinations include Chinatown, where Thian Hock Keng, Singapore’s oldest temple, is situated, and visitors can enjoy many other traditional Chinese-style structures and, of course, foods; Orchard Road, which is not only a shopping street but also represents the lifestyle of Singapore; or Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal zoo.

  

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