And here we say hello to the month of August in 2019 where folks in other countries bask in the last month of summer before the autumn wind send their greetings in September. Singapore need not worry about chilly winds and shorter daytime because we enjoy warm and humid weather all year round and so it is almost (occasional raining) always a good time to visit family and friends to catch up over meals and do fun other fun stuff together.
What better time to have a get-together than everybody's favorite kind of day and that is public holidays! This year there are 2 public holidays in the month of August and today we are going to find out which holidays and when are they going to happen so that we can prepare ourselves for the upcoming joyous occasions.
The month of August is where Singaporeans celebrate one of the most important days for Singapore and that is the National Day. Ever since 9th August 1965 when Singapore gained independence and began her journey as a country of her own, the country held her very first National Day Parade on 9th August 1966 at the Padang and had over 20,000 audiences. The National Day Parade is always packed with activities even before the actual parade starts to encourage the audience to come earlier and be seated to avoid the peak hour crowd. Other amazing performances include a marching parade of the members of Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defense Force and other uniform groups like Scouts and Girl Guides. Not to mention highlights of the evening like Singapore Air Force soaring across the skies with various military aircraft, Singapore theme songs and the crowd puller fireworks displays to end the day.
In the present day National Day Parade tickets are obtained from balloting and so only a handful of families get to experience the performance first hand each year. That does not mean the rest of Singapore is left out from all the fun, the entire performance will be broadcast live on major television channels for all to enjoy in the comfort of their homes.
This year the month of August is graced with Hari Raya Haji on Sunday 11th August and therefore making Monday 12th August a public holiday in Singapore. Hari Raya Haji is known as the Festival of Sacrifices and lasts up to 4 days. During this time of the year, most Muslims go to the mosque early in the day for prayers and sermons then followed with sacrifices of 4 legged animals such as cows, goats and sheep offered by families who are financially able. The meat is then distributed and shared among poorer families to practice the teachings of Allah; "And they give food, in spite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to the poor, the orphan, and the captive.''(Al-'Insān 76:8). After a visit to the mosque, Muslims would travel to visit parents and family to enjoy a happy meal together in the evening.
These are great times to catch up with family and friends to spend a meaningful day together. One of the best things you can do to prepare your humble abode for a nice gathering is decoration! Nothing add colours and life to make a beautiful home like fresh flowers do. Using flowers as a centerpiece on your table can greatly enhance the atmosphere and make for a pleasant space to receive family and friends during a gathering. Here are 3 flowers that would fit the mood and public holiday theme this August and to celebrate National Day and Hari Raya Haji, Fleuri Garden will be giving a discount promo code on all products for the month of August. Read on to see what we have in store for you!
Okay firstly cat lovers please calm down, cats are awesome but let's talk about the other beauty in the photo today. Orchids are elegant and come in a wide array of colours, perfect for homes that prefer with sleek designs. To top it off our national flower is a species of orchid called "Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim" so orchids have a special place in our hearts in Singapore.
A gathering of family and friends is all about love (not necessarily the romantic sort) and that is why roses are one of our recommendations. Roses are lovely and will stay beautiful in colder temperature so remember to keep it in a cooling environment.
Pink lilies symbolise wealth and prosperity and not to mention they are totally gorgeous when bloomed like that pretty thing in the photo above. A table centerpiece with some lilies will definitely give your guests an enchanting dining experience.
I hope this article has been of some help to prepare for the upcoming public holidays, feel free to get in touch with us at Fleuri Garden if you have any concerns with flowers or ongoing events. As a big thank you to all our supporters and to celebrate National Day and Hari Raya Haji with everyone in Singapore we are giving 10% off on all our products limited only to the first 200 customers! Simply use the promo code "Holiday10" to enjoy your discounts so hurry and share the news with your family and friends! Thank you for reading and we hope to see you again.