National Day (Singapore)
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|Significance||Commemorates of Singapore's independence from Malaysia in 1965|
|Celebrations||National Day Parade, an address by the Prime Minister of Singapore, and fireworks celebrations|
|Next time||9 August 2014|
The National Day of Singapore is celebrated every year on 9 August, in commemoration of Singapore's independence from Malaysia in 1965. This holiday features a National Day Parade, an address by the Prime Minister of Singapore, and fireworks celebrations.
National Day Parade
The Singapore National Day Parade is a national ceremony that is usually held at the National Stadium or the Padang. For the first time in 2007, it was held at Marina Bay in lieu of the National Stadium, and this arrangement is expected to be maintained until the new sports hub is opened in April 2014.
National Day Rally
On the 2nd/3rd Sunday after the National Day, the Prime Minister of Singapore makes an annual address to the nation, called the National Day Rally. A yearly event since 1966, the Prime Minister uses this rally to address the nation on its key challenges and its future directions, and can be compared to the State of the Union Address delivered by the President of the United States. Prior to 2005, the rally was a continuous speech from 8 pm (SST). From 2005, the Malay and Chinese versions were delivered at 6.45 pm with a break at 7.30 pm while the English version was delivered at 8 pm. Opposition MPs have been invited to the rally since 2007.
Singapore Fireworks Celebrations
National Day celebrations also include fireworks celebrations. They feature several local and foreign teams which launch fireworks displays on different nights. First held in 2004 at Marina Bay, the event was initially known as the Singapore Fireworks Festival and organised by Unusual Productions. The amount of fireworks used has grown in magnitude over the past three years, from 4,000 rounds used in 2004 to over 9,000 in 2006. In 2012, a a Mentos commercial that encouraged procreation during the same time as the fireworks celebration.
- Mahtani, Shibani (10 August 2012). "THE A-HED August 10, 2012, 8:08 a.m. ET Thursday's the Day to Go All the Way for Civic Duty in Singapore". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
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