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An Unusual National Day

National Day is August 9, but things are a little odd this year. Because of COVID, Singapore has pushed back the celebrations which means the celebrations will last for several days. So while National Day is still officially on the 9th, you won't see the usual celebrations this week as the parade has been delayed.

Here's what you can expect instead. Oh and by the way, if you're new to Singapore hearing jets whizzing by overhead, Singapore is not under attack. Nope. The pilots are just practicing for the upcoming parade!

Image courtesy National Heritage Board

Gallery Light Up

To commemorate Singapore’s 56th year of independence and our spirit of resilience in a challenging year, the façade seven buildings in the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) district will be lit up with really cool and eye-catching red and white designs, the color of the Singapore flag. These buildings include: Central Fire Station, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, National Museum of Singapore, National Design Centre, Stamford Arts Centre, Objectifs - Centre for Photography and Film, and The Cathay. Expat Living has put together this handy trail map for you to follow. And Mothership has a great article about the different landmarks. The light up will take place daily from 7:30 until midnight daily until the end of the month.

SSO National Day Concert

The annual National Day concert returns — albeit a little late. It'll be held on August 13 and not August 9 beginning at 8pm, with the countdown lobby open from 7.30pm. You can catch it on SISTIC Live Stream. There will be old favorites alongside new works by Singapore’s own talented composers. Book your tickets now.

Watch the parade!

Catch the National Day Parade (NDP) on TV and online. But be forewarned: this year’s NDP will be taking place on the later date of August 21 for the first time ever because of COVID-19! Hey, it just makes the holiday last longer, right? For more information, check out the official website here.

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