Singapore is a multicultural mosaic of cultures where diverse places of worship, cuisines and languages co-exist harmoniously, despite their differences.
It’s Summer all year round in Singapore, with average temperatures of 26-27°C throughout the year. Visitors won’t have to fret too much about dressing for the weather in sunny Singapore — keep it light, comfortable and cool, and don’t forget your sunnies.
Singapore’s the perfect holiday destination for a shopping getaway, family trip, or even an island escapade. Singapore’s multi-ethnic culture is also reflected in an array of festivals all through the year, so you can immerse yourself in the local traditions no matter when you visit.
Start with a bang (January to March)
Get your year off to a good start with the many festivities in Singapore that take place at the beginning of the year — from ethnic celebrations to weekend music festivals.
The most celebrated festival of the Chinese calendar, Chinese New Year, usually takes place in January or February. Enjoy seasonal markets, lion dances and lots of festive feasting during this period. You can also check out the annual Chinese New Year Chingay parade, where performers take to the streets in celebration of the Goddess of Mercy’s birthday.
Then, immerse yourself in the most colourful Hindu festival of the year, Holi (also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love). Join the revellers as they douse themselves in coloured powder and spread joy on the streets with music and dance.
For a taste of contemporary culture, get your tickets and head to St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. Probably one of the most anticipated music festivals in Singapore, Laneway showcases a slew of indie and eclectic musicians, and is widely enjoyed by the young and hip music lovers of Singapore.
Shop and savour this Summer (April to July)
The middle of the year is when Singapore is the driest, so make sure you stay hydrated while you hit the streets for shopping, food festivals, and more festive celebrations.
A religious holiday for Muslims in Singapore, Hari Raya Aidilfitri (also known as the festival of Eid or Hari Raya Puasa) marks the end of Ramadan. During the festival, Muslim families don vibrantly-coloured traditional clothing and visit their family and friends to enjoy home-cooked feasts together.
When in Singapore, do as the locals do — shop till you drop. Don’t miss the biggest sale of the year, the Great Singapore Sale, which happens every June. The GSS sees the entire retail scene in Singapore reducing prices, so make your way to Singapore’s many iconic shopping streets to nab yourself a deal or two.
Another favourite Singaporean hobby is indulging in food. Join the festivities of Singapore’s extraordinary culinary scene at the Singapore Food Festival, where you can sample the diverse flavours that the country has to offer.
Play it cool (August to October)
This part of the year is known for cooler weather with an occasional sprinkle of rain, so bring a light cardigan and your umbrella with you when you’re out and about.
On the 9th of August, witness the ‘Lion City’ in full patriotic action at the annual National Day Parade, where Singapore celebrates its day of independence. Expect to see live performances and a spectacular fireworks display to end the night.
This season is also when the Mid-Autumn Festival takes place. Taste delicious mooncakes and light a lantern or two during this traditional Chinese holiday, held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Han calendar.
In September, support your favourite FORMULA ONE racer at the F1® Singapore Grand Prix. This adrenaline-pumping weekend will also see some popular international music acts hitting our shores for the F1® track-side performances.
The sporting excitement bleeds into October with the WTA Finals, where the icons of women’s tennis battle it out on the courts in Singapore for the coveted WTA Singles and Doubles titles.
‘Lion City’ of lights (November to December)
While the end of the year may see some rain clouds on the horizon, the city is far from dreary. Get festive in the months of November to December with Deepavali, Christmas, and New Year celebrations that will light up the city.
Celebrate Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights, which illuminates the city with the glow of oil lamps. There will be plenty of bazaars set up during the festival, where you can savour Indian delicacies and peruse racks of colourful traditional outfits.
Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay is a yuletide event for the whole family. Be enthralled by stunning Luminarie light sculptures and enjoy a quintessential Christmas experience at the Christmas market.
For all you party-goers, there’s ZoukOut every December — the epic dance and music festival that features world renowned DJs spinning tunes from dusk to dawn. Or head down to the Siloso Beach Party, Singapore’s biggest beach countdown party, on New Year’s Eve and end the year on a high note.
There’s something for every type of traveller no matter the time of year, and the weather conditions are consistent year-round in Singapore — so just look to the many annual happenings when you mark your calendars and plan your trips.