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Festive and festival seasons are the best times to visit Singapore, and they happen almost every month. There is always something to do in Singapore, and unlike most countries, the city does not shut down when Christmas or New Year’s rolls around. The multicultural elements and economic acumens of the city allow for businesses to remain open during typical holiday seasons.
The Chingay Procession — a parade of Carnivale proportions — takes place during Chinese New Year in January; the government throws a nationwide party in August to celebrate the country’s independence day; mooncakes are baked in September for the Mid-Autumn Festival; the Formula One Grand Prix zooms in during the last week of September; and Little India lights up for Deepavali in November.
Perhaps the only period to avoid Singapore is during the monsoon season. It starts pouring in November and tapers off in January, just in time for you party at the Chingay Procession.
Singapore is a vibrant city all year round with events taking place monthly. There are, nonetheless, certain annual activities you can plan your visit around including the:
- Singapore Grand Prix also known as Formula 1 race which attracts mainstream musical acts and visitors worldwide (Singapore is contracted to host through 2017);
- Great Singapore Sale offers eight weeks of value deals at retail shops countrywide coinciding with the Singapore International Jewelry Expo. This time of year offers special tourist privileges with May 31-July 28, 2013 marking its 20th anniversary;
- Singapore Food Festival: Singapore local cuisine is renowned around the globe representing a melting pot of southeast asian delights. It's only fitting that the country displays their culinary skills and artistry at a food festival typically held in June or July. This year likewise marks the festival’s 20th anniversary from July 12th-21st at Marina Bay;
- Christmas in the Tropics: while Singaporeans may not experience a true 'white Christmas', the country still celebrates with well-known carols, extravagant decorations and a marvelous light show during a month long festival in December when Orchard Road beams red, green and white.
The annual Chingay Parade takes place during Chinese New Year, however it’s also important to note that most retail shops and restaurants close for two days during this holiday. Chinese New Year is in January or February depending on the lunar calendar.