Parades and Festivals: The Spice of Life
In a land with no seasons, colorful festivals with fireworks, parades, and special treats mark the passage of time. Chinese New Year, the country’s biggest holiday, means lion dances, drums, and elaborate meals. On this weekend, family and friends gather around a traditional dish, yusheng, a salad of raw fish and shredded vegetables, and toss it with their chopsticks. It’s believed that the higher they toss it, the more luck they will have. In August, National Day celebrates Singapore’s independence with fireworks and military parades. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinatown is decked with colorful lanterns, and Singaporeans give gifts of mooncakes made with salted egg yolk or covered in sweet snowskin.
By Arwen Joyce, AFAR Local Expert
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