Singapore Celebrates Summer with a Host of Cultural and Sporting Events

Published July 7th, 2010 - 07:52 GMT

Singapore is cementing its title as the events capital of the world this summer with a wide range of events, which will see Singapore celebrate its unique food, fauna and cultural heritage, as well as play host to the world’s first ever Youth Olympic Games.

The events kick-off mid-July with the launch the Singapore Garden Festival and the Singapore Food Festival, which will transform the buzzing metropolis into a food and nature lovers’ paradise ahead of Singapore’s Ramadan celebrations that commence in early August.

In mid-August Singapore will launch the world’s first-ever Youth Olympic Games, with more than 5,000 young athletes and officials from around the world gathering in the city-state to take part in 26 sports, 201 events and a cultural education programme.   

“Summer is always an exciting time to be in Singapore, but this year’s range of cultural and sporting events will make 2010 the most multi-faceted summer to date. July and August present the perfect time for Middle East visitors to plan a summer holiday to Singapore, when travellers can enjoy a wide range of exquisite food and nature festivities, as well as take part in Singapore’s Ramadan traditions,” said Jason Ong, Area Director for Middle East and Africa, Singapore Tourism Board (STB).     

“Singapore is honoured to play host to the world’s first Youth Olympic Games, which will be a stunning global event, with young athletes from around the world celebrating the Olympic sporting spirit in Singapore,” Ong added  

The Singapore Garden Festival and the Singapore Food Festival start on July 15 and 16, respectively, offering visitors a 10-day chance to experience an international garden and flora extravaganza celebrating Singapore’s ‘City in a Garden’ status, while at the same time being able to indulge in Singapore’s famed cuisine which this year highlights the influence of Chinese cooking. 
August 6 sees the start of Singapore’s Eid celebrations, known as Hari Raya, to mark the month-long fasting period of Ramadan. Bazaars spring up along the traditional Kampong Glam and Geylang Serai areas, with beautiful street decorations, as mosques engage in the nightly Tarawih prayers and pre-dawn Qiyam prayers for the city-state’s Muslim inhabitants, which account for 15 percent of the population.

Special packages will be made available through the Gulf for visitors to visit Singapore during this holy month.

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