Celebrating Singapore’s National Day usually involves gathering with family and friends to watch the parade and fireworks. Just because you’re home this year, doesn’t mean you should miss out on the festivities. Have a blast with your loved ones from the safety of your home with these six ideas.
1. Share the care
Support Families for Life’s “Red and White” National Day desserts campaign to raise funds for President’s Challenge. Contribute and get an e-recipe booklet for “Red and White” National Day desserts featuring President Halimah Yacob’s very own agar-agar recipe and recipes from local bakeries and social enterprises! Find out more about how you can contribute to #FFLShareTheCare here. Or spread the community spirit by committing to a pledge to care for your family and those around you.
2. Red, white and yummy
What’s a Singapore celebration without food? Cook your favourite local food or order in popular eats such as nasi lemak, satay, murtabak, fried carrot cake, Hokkien noodles, Hainanese chicken rice and bak kut teh. Or go with the theme and serve up chilli crab with pillowy white mantous, red curry with rice, and then tuck into sweet treats like red ang ku kuehs or try your hands at baking "Red and White" National Day desserts from this selection of recipes!
3. Deck your home out in red-and-white
Fly the Singapore flag from your window, and don’t stop there. Hand your children with some red-and-white craft paper and stamp a crescent and five stars on triangle-shaped paper to make your own personalised bunting. Or they can cut strips of paper to link into festive chains. For the budding painters, they can paint national day flags on paper cups, drawing board, cardboard paper rolls, to hang up as festive décor.
4. Rack your brains
How about giving your grey matter a workout? Test your knowledge about Singapore facts and trivia with some online quizzes. Have a go at these three questions:
• Is Singapore one of the three smallest countries in the world?
• Is it legal or illegal to keep hedgehogs as pets in Singapore?
• How many times has Singapore changed time zones – 2, 4 or 6 times?
5. Have a singalong to Singapore songs and party at home
Now that you’ve got your refreshments and décor sorted, it’s time to consider the entertainment. Join in some online family programmes like fun craft, as well as singalongs to popular Singapore songs from 10am to 5.30pm on 9 August by #FriendsofFFLShare volunteers. After that, settle down to catch the parade segments streamed from different parts of Singapore.
6. Become a tourist for a day
Prefer a more tranquil celebration? Bring a slice of Singapore into the comfort of your living room – as you roam the vast galleries of Singapore museums virtually. Spend a happy hour in the company of Singapore art, history and culture while junior is kept busy piecing together National Day-themed arts and craft.