A Tribute to Singapore on the National day, August 9, 2017
The National Day of Singapore is celebrated every year on August 9, in commemoration of the Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in the year 1965. This holiday features a National Day Parade, an address by the Prime Minister of Singapore, and fireworks celebrations.
The Little Red Dot turns 52 this year; As a tribute we bring you some insights while we celebrate Singapore’s birthday.
- The inaugural National Day Parade (NDP) was held at the Padang in 1966 to commemorate where Singapore declared its independence. From the year SG50 NDP not only returns to the Padang, it also includes another ticketed site at The Float @ Marina Bay.
- Rain in Singapore is a common occurrence; it’s bound to rain on the parade. The first NDP to experience rainfall was in 1966, at 10.37am.
- The average Parade & Ceremony involves over 2,000 people who have gone through 200 hours of training before the grand day.
- The parade used to be held in the morning till 1973, when it became an early evening event to attract more attendance from the public. It proved to be such a huge success, that the parade has continued to start at 5.30pm to this day.
- The name Singapore was evolved from the story Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang who saw a creature he thought was a lion, and duly named the island Singapura, which means “Lion City” in Sanskrit.
- Singapore has changed time zones 6 times since 1905.
- The largest fountain in the world is located in Singapore at Suntec City. Made of cast bronze, it cost an estimated US$ 6 million to build in 1997.
- The national anthem is printed in micro text on the back of our S$1000 note. We hope you’ve got deep pockets and a magnifying glass ready.