Happy 53rd National Day, Singapore! National Day is the perfect time for us to reflect upon what our nation has achieved to date and celebrate the richness of our cultural heritage that makes us proud to be Singaporeans. On this special day, let’s take a good look at the five features which make our small island city-state uniquely Singapore.
Melting pot of cultures
Singapore celebrates multiculturalism to the core and it has been so since the very beginning. Today, Singapore is home to various ethnic groups such as Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Peranakan, among others. Hints of multiculturalism are apparent across various domains such as a wide range of local food (e.g. chicken rice, roti prata, mee rebus, etc.), historic neighbourhoods (ie. Kampong Glam, Little India, Chinatown, etc.), multiple public holidays of the different cultures and religions (e.g. Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, etc.) and so on.
One example that shows the distinct mix of cultures in Singapore is its famous creole English, Singlish. Singlish is a unique combination of English, Malay and Hokkien that speaks to the heart of every Singaporean regardless of their race or mother tongue. When Singaporeans go overseas, they don’t find it hard to identify one another once they start speaking in Singlish.
Singapore has various landmarks which are unique in shape and structure. Among the insta-worthy ones are The Esplanade which is shaped like a durian, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark which is shaped like a ship, ArtScience Museum that is shaped like a lotus flower and The Helix Bridge which is shaped like DNA structure.
One of the things that make Singapore’s food scene unique is none other than its very own hawker centres. The open space, the affordable-yet-good local food, the long queues at particular stalls, drinking tea and coffee from plastic bag, reserving seats with tissue paper… these are things that every Singaporean will miss once they are away from the country for too long.
This tropical fruit is unique due to its pungent smell, sticky texture and acquired taste (or should I say, heavenly?). It can be eaten raw or served in desserts and beverages. One interesting fact about durian in Singapore is that its consumption is banned in many outdoor spaces due to its smell. It is also prohibited on public transport such as buses and MRTs.
Just like this music video from Get Juiced, “Our City, Our Home”, let us know your thoughts on what you love about Singapore! We wish everyone in Singapore a happy National Day!