Celebrating Singapore’s National Day 2012
Singapore’s day of independence celebration falls on the 9th of August, since the first celebration in 1966. That was one year after Singapore gained independence from Malaysia. Singapore is… a diverse people comprising different races, religions and languages, making up a melting-pot of varied perspectives. Despite racial & religious differences, Singapore is united as one People; as Singaporeans, as everyone possess a unique culture, a common heritage and a shared identity. The people built this nation together, through common ideals and their indomitable spirit. Everybody is bonded in their experiences of Singapore as Home.
Celebrating National Day in Style!
The theme this year is “Loving Singapore, Our Home.” Inspired by Singapore’s iconic national flower the ‘Vanda Miss Joaquim’ orchid, the NDP 2012 logo reminds Singaporeans from all walks of life, reminding everyone of this garden city Singaporeans (and many who adopted Singapore as their country) call “Home”. The vibrant colours of the logo reflect the vitality and diversity of Singapore’s people. The red heart embedded within the logo symbolises Singapore’s love for its people and towards the nation. It also reminds everyone of the importance of a harmonious and inclusive society. The lip of the orchid is represented as the number ’47′, highlighting the nation’s 47th birthday this year.
This year it falls on a Thursday which many are looking forward to as it is the 47th birthday that will be held at The Float@Marina Bay. This year, Singaporeans are invited to experience NDP in a new way, and to play an active part in making the Parade a success, through the various engagement initiatives that will unfold in the months prior to NDP.
These comprise a series of outreach activities and celebratory events, which encourage all Singaporeans to reflect on and express their love for Singapore. Singaporeans can contribute to NDP 2012 by taking part in the InstagramSG and Photo Vivo competitions, where winning photos will be showcased during the pre-Parade segment. In addition, Singaporeans can also submit video clips of themselves singing the National Anthem, which will be used in a virtual choir segment during the Parade.
Singaporeans can also take part in the four LovingSG trails, of which one will be unveiled every two weeks from 4 May 2012 onwards, to reflect on different aspects of loving Singapore. Singaporeans can also express their love in practical ways, by giving to charity through the Building a Loving SG project.
To allow more Singaporeans to participate in the festivities on 9 Aug 2012, celebrations will be organised in collaboration with both public and private organisations to go beyond The Float @ Marina Bay to the bay area and heartlands.
For Visitors To Singapore National Day in 2012
This year, tourists wishing to visit Singapore during celebrations for their National Day, may want to take note where they can all go to appreciate the fantastic fireworks that will enthrall visitors this year. It is best to come early in order to find a very good location to view the fireworks from and to enjoy the various festivities and good food that will be made available during this time.
Even paid venues in some of the more popular locations needs to be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment. Best to have a closer look at some of the best spots to view and take pictures of the fireworks.
Marina Bay Sands Boulevard in Singapore
This spot is still fairly new as it only opened in 2010, but it can be seen as a very good place to watch the fireworks from. Visitors will have the opportunity to get a perfect view of all the celebrations taking place.
Another place is the Esplanade and it is the perfect spot to see the marvelous fireworks from this year. The promenade is 3.5 km and conveniently located near the Marina Centre, Bayfront areas and the Collyer Quay. Visitors over here will experience many exciting musical performances among other things.
Get to experience the best views and even get to feel the fireworks falling on your head at this very popular venue. It is best to check to watch the latest updates at lovingsg.sg with regards to availability of this venue for 2012.
The Helix Bridge (Along Bayfront Ave)
What better place to view the spectacular fireworks and various ongoings than from the world’s first Double Helix Bridge. The Helix Bridge is located beside the Benjamin Sheares Bridge, alongside the vehicular Bayfront Bridge. It was opened on April 24, 2010 and attracts huge crowds as it serves as a direct connection between the Marina Centre and the Marina South Area. Photographers love the various angles they can shoot from that will make for very interesting photographs of the firework displays.
Families celebrating Singapore National Day will find the Marina Boulevard to be a good spot as it gives them the opportunity to engage with each other while enjoying family picnics and then watch the awesome fireworks that will lit the skies in Singapore. All in line with this year’s theme “Loving Singapore, Our Home.”