Saturday, 20 December 2008

Christmas in Singapore - 2008

Christmas in Singapore is a magical time for everyone. You sense a great build-up as early as mid-November. A magical event no visitor should miss is the annual Orchard Road Christmas Light-up.

Now in its 25th year, the Orchard Road Christmas Light-up remains as enchanting as ever - fairy lights, multi-coloured ornaments, up-lit 15m tall Christmas trees, Singaporeans and tourists in uninhibited singing and dancing.......

......... some of the photos I took along Orchard Road last night (Friday December 19) are shown below. I did not take the tripod with me, so you will see the images are not of any quality. They are here purely to see the colors and how pretty Singapore makes Christmas time!

Singapore has a multicultural identity. Since people from different ethnic backgrounds and different religions have lived cordially in Singapore since its inception, Singaporeans get together and celebrate all festivals with the same vigor and cheerfulness as they would celebrate their individual cultural festival. Whether it is the Hindu festival of Diwali, Muslim festival of Hari Raya Puasa, Chinese New Year, or Christmas, all these festivals are celebrated with the same amount of happiness.

Since Christians have a fairly strong following in Singapore, Christmas celebrations are a gala event. Christmas decorations can be found along Tanglin Road, Scotts Road, Marina Bay area and Orchard Road.

A wide range of activities, including countdown parties, concerts, internationally acclaimed performances; art exhibitions, attractive shopping promotions and culinary treats take place.

First time I saw the Christmas Decorations in Singapore was in 2001 ..... it was an amazing sight then and it has not changed over the years, except to get better, bigger and brighter!!

Must admit though last night was not a good night to wander along Orchard Road ..... it was the first night of all the musical performances and was just so busy!

What did not help was that we had to stand all the way in on the train, which probably should have warned us that it was going to be hectic in the city area itself.

We alighted at Dhoby Ghaut MRT and walked along Orchard Road past Wheelock Place and caught the bus near Tanglin Mall. We were both very tired after that little jaunt with thousands of others.

But it was worth it.

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