• Serena Tan

HAPPY NATIONAL DAY

Singapore’s 41st 42nd National Day tomorrow (9th August ) . Everywhere in Singapore i can see the red and white flags, its so nice to see the flags. Flags hanging outside the entrance of your house, flags decorating every part town of Singapore!

But then I think, all these decorations, who is it for to see? Or just showing the patriotic side of the Singaporeans?

I always plague with guilt for being not the very patriotic Singaporean who hardly catches the national Day Parade from young. I personally grew bored out of the parade towards the ¼ show. So to me, a National day is just another Public Holiday! For the last few years, Public Holiday mean another night that I can cheong and drink and I will grew excited and happy about it. Another night of cheong means another night of fun and gathering of friends, which means a bad hangover and a late-wake-up the next day, which means ¾ of the PH has been wasted. AND IT SUCKS!

Now being slowed down by the natural body system called aging and a wonderful turnover, the PH is waking up earlier, spending time with my love ones… relaxing and enjoying the company of each other…another additional day on top of Sat And Sun and its wonderfully nice.

And ok ok , I’m spouting nonsense again!

HAPPY NATIONAL DAY people !

History:- Singapore celebrated her first National Day in 1966, one year after Singapore’s independence from Malaysia on 9 August 1965.

The first National Day Parade started in the morning at 0900. People came as early as 0700 in order to get good vantage points. Singapore’s first President, Mr Yusof bin Ishak and Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, were seated with members of the government at the grandstand on the steps of City Hall.

Over the years, the Parade has become the biggest national event in Singapore. What is perhaps most memorable at each celebration is the fireworks display marking the climax of the parade; the sky would be bursting with the wonderful colors of the visual vista, dazzling it as well as the hearts of fellow Singaporeans. On this very special occasion, most Singaporeans would be decked out in patriotic colours – namely, red and white.

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