National Day

National Day 2020: The Social Distancing Edition

Singapore turns 55 on 9 August 2020! No matter where in the world you may be, we can’t wait to celebrate National Day with you.

Whether it’s a virtual or a get-together with friends and family in real life, add a special touch to your festivities with these fun ideas from us to you. Share your wishes in a giant SGN birthday card to Singapore, browse free craft projects, check out celebrations with Singapore communities near you, and many more.

We’re so excited to see how our SGN community marks Singapore’s National Day around the world, so join in the party by including the hashtag #SGNcelebrates in your posts for a chance to be featured on SGN’s social media.

Happy Birthday/生日快乐/Selamat Hari Jadi/பிறந்த நாள் வாழ்த்துக்கள், Singapore! 55 looks amazing on you.


The hottest National Day parties in town

Catch the party of the year

View the Singapore’s National Day Parade 2020 online. Even better, organise a virtual watch party with friends and loved ones!


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Join the party by catching the live streaming on meWATCH or NDPeeps YouTube Channel

Share your wishes for SG!

Got a birthday wish for Singapore? Participate by sending your birthday wish to Singapore from wherever you are, even if you are overseas! Watch the map light up with the “little red dots” that represent our solidarity as one united people. Let’s light up the world map in red, and show the world that WE ARE SINGAPORE!

You can also join Singaporeans and friends of Singapore from all around the world in sharing your stories for the little red dot. Share your reflections, your words of thanks, your hopes and aspirations. Share from your heart. Together, these make up our experience as a people: what we have gone through, and where we want to go. Don’t forget to hashtag #SGNcelebrates and #OurHeartforSG in your well wishes!

Celebrations around the world

Singapore communities everywhere are organising e-gatherings this August. Click HERE to find a list of National Day events (no funpack, but definitely fun-packed!) events happening near you! 

If you are organising an event in your city and want to feature it on our website, drop us an email with the details at hello@singaporeglobalnetwork.sg.


Re-creating the sights and sounds of Singapore

Add a touch of red and white

Feeling crafty? We love these easy, no-sew DIY flags and buntings:

Almost as good as being there

Are you celebrating online this year? Transport yourself to Singapore with these wonderfully nostalgic Zoom backgrounds:

The essential Spotify playlist every August

Of course, it features everyone’s fave – Home.


For the young (and young at heart) ones

Let’s go on a journey

As we celebrate Singapore’s 55th birthday, Singaporean author Gwen Lee shares a few stories from her collection. She believes that children learn best from culturally relevant books, so she modernised nursery rhymes that Singaporeans of all ages could enjoy! Watch and sing along to Pat-a-kueh (sung to the tune of Pat-a-cake) and Kueh Tutu (sung to the tune of Hot Cross Buns)! Grab the family and watch this together! Do also check out her listing of Singapore books that she recommends here.


Watch Singapore come to life with these magical storytelling sessions.

Join twins Toby and Tammy as they travel back in time to 1935, and go on an adventure to discover Singapore’s historical awe-inspiring buildings.

Follow the journey of Singapore’s history in this animation, from when our pioneers first arrived on our sunny island, to gaining Independence and the modernisation of our country.

What has a swordfish got to do with a Singapore town? Find out how the neighbourhood of Redhill got its name, and spot fellow Singaporeans contributing to this creative storytelling!

Explore our rich history and culture

Find out more about the heritage scenes and sights in Singapore through this colouring activity, consisting of seven mural scenes created by Yip Yew Chong from the National Museum of Singapore’s Moving Memories installation. Download the colouring templates featuring scenes of a Kampung, Laksa Stall, and even an old school Provision Shop! To explore the rest of the templates, please refer to this link.

Kampung

Laksa Stall

Provision Shop

The Moving Memories installation, which was first presented at the museum in 2017, can now be enjoyed online, anywhere and anytime. Enjoy viewing the video installation as a family! Get the entire family to join in, so they can share stories about their experiences with these heritage scenes and sights of the past.

Did you also know that there are tons of local children’s titles with familiar themes, all at your fingertips – and free to loan from the National Library Board. You can borrow all of these books using NLB Mobile.

The Magical Dragon Playground
By Wang Shijia

Follow Ang Ku Kueh Girl and her friends’ adventure in a playground where something very big and very fiery comes to life.

Karang Guni Boy
By Lorraine Tan

Ming is a boy with big dreams. To get what he needs to build his invention, he decides to act as a karang guni man, collecting items his neighbours don’t need anymore.

Farrer Park
by Ann Peters

Life as a Singaporean child in the past was very interesting. Find out how your grandparents ordered noodles from the “tick-tock mee” man, sucked on ice balls, and more.

Agnes and Her Amazing Orchid
By Linda Locke, James Wolf, Muhd Noh

Learn the story behind Singapore’s National Flower and the girl who created it.

Make playtime more fun!

Introduce your little ones to the little red dot with Singapore-themed games, colouring pages, and more. Have fun colouring these images of our favourite childhood toys – Five stones and Pick Up Sticks, Hungry Hippos, Gasing and Wind-up Toys!

Five stones & Pick Up Sticks

Hungry Hippos

Gasing

Wind-up Toys


The way to every Singaporean’s heart

is through our stomachs!

Tried-and-tested recipes from the community from Bak Kut Teh Porridge to Brown Sugar Bubble Tea – need we say more? Or perhaps you wanna give it a go and impress your friends by making your very own Sambal or Chicken Rice?

OR, if the kitchen isn’t your best friend, why not have a taste of home in your own city? We spoke to SGN members all over the world, and put together a list of SG’s great eats OUTSIDE the little red dot!


Singapore Global Network Funding Programme

PS: Thinking of rounding up the folks in your city to celebrate? You may tap on the Singapore Global Network Funding Programme (SGNFP) to fund digital tools and events in your efforts to grow and sustain connections of Singapore’s family and friends!

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