Singapore National Day is observed yearly to celebrate Singapore’s independence or separation from Federation of Malaysia on 9 August 1965. The first Singapore National Day was celebrated in 1966, one year after Singapore’s independence from Malaysia.

When Is Singapore National Day 2013?

Date of Singapore National Day 2013
Singapore National Day 2013, the 48th birthday of Singapore, falls on Friday, 9 August 2013. Yearly celebration theme for the national day 2013 is “Many Stories… One Singapore“.

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Past Singapore National Day Theme

  • 47th birthday of Singapore falls on Thursday, 9 August 2012, with theme “Loving Singapore, Our Home”
  • 46th birthday of Singapore falls on Tuesday, 9 August 2011, with theme “Majulah! The Singapore Spirit”
  • 45th birthday of Singapore falls on Monday, 9 August 2010, with theme “Live Our Dreams, Fly Our Flag”

Singapore National Day Parade

One of the most important aspect of this holiday is the National Day Parade.

The National Day Parade is a national ceremony in Singapore that, as its name implies, includes a parade on Singapore’s national day on August 9, in commemoration of Singapore?s independence.

The first Singapore National Day Parade, which was on 9 August 1966, started in the morning at 9am. People came as early as 7am. Singapore?s first President, Mr Yusof bin Ishak and Singapore?s first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, were seated with members of the government at the grandstand on the steps of City Hall.

Over the years, the Parade has become the biggest national event in Singapore. What is perhaps most memorable at each celebration is the fireworks display marking the climax of the parade; the sky would be bursting with the wonderful colors of the visual vista, dazzling it as well as the hearts of fellow Singaporeans. On this very special occasion, most Singaporeans would be decked out in patriotic colours ? namely, red and white.

Due to the enormous popularity and support from the people, in 2003 Singapore government set up the e-balloting ticketing system. Such ticketing system enables citizens to stand a chance at winning the tickets(free of charge) by registering their e-mail addresses or mobile numbers at the NDP website or phonelines.

While it is very unlikely for visitors to ever get hold of the Parade ticket, you can always join the local and tourist crowds at the Waterfront (near Esplanade) to enjoy the show and beautiful fireworks.

Some hotels (e.g. One Fullerton) also have rooms well positioned to view the fireworks display.

History background of Singapore National Day

For those interested with a bit of history, Singapore wasn’t actually keen of the independence. It was after bloody racial clash that force Malaysia parliament to expel Singapore from the Federation of Malaysia.

“On that day, a tearful Lee Kuan Yew announced that Singapore was a sovereign, independent nation and assumed the role of prime minister of the new nation. His speech included this quote: “For me, it is a moment of anguish. All my life, my whole adult life, I have believed in merger and unity of the two territories.” Hence, Singapore became the only country in the history of the modern world to gain independence against its own will.”

That is probably the reason Singapore call this day as National Day instead of Independence Day. There is a feeling of bitter-taste with their separation from Malaysia, but which they use to motivate to push them to propel far ahead of the rest of South East Asian countries.

Resources:
Singapore National Day Parade 2013 Official Site
Singapore Tourism
Singapore Hotels
Special Singapore National Day Coupons & Freebies

Happy Singapore National Day 2013 ! Enjoy Singapore National Day Parade 2013 !