Singapore Culture and Tradition
Singapore is a vibrant, dynamic city of multiple cultures, many attractions and exciting shopping and entertainment options. It is an intriguing mosaic of European, Malaysian and South and East Asian cultures. These cultures combine to create a harmonious tapestry of sights, sounds and experiences that’s uniquely Singapore. Residents speak a common language called Singlish, short for Singaporean English. This tongue is a delightful mixture of Malay, English, Cantonese, Tamil and Hokkien words.
The city is also a major foodie haunt, with 1000s of restaurants, pubs, eateries and food stalls offering dishes from different cuisines. One can enjoy delicacies from India, China, Arab countries, Malaysia, Europe and other nations.
Singapore is heavily dotted with beautifully designed colonial churches, ancient Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries and temples and mosques. Pagoda Street in Chinatown proudly sports the oldest Hindu place of worship, the Sri Mariamman Temple, and the Jamae Mosque. The city is dotted with aesthetically-satisfying architecture and delightful sculptures Singapore delights the senses with its beauty, symmetry, culture, neatness and tourist-friendly atmosphere.
Multiple cultural celebrations occur during the same time period. For example, the Chinese New Year is celebrated during February along with thaipusam, a Hindu festival.
There are celebrity restaurants, trendy eateries and ethnic food stalls in heritage districts. All of these add to the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic gastronomic ambience of the city.
Each retail spot is a treasure trove of multicultural goods. One can treat oneself to jewelry, antiques and knick-knacks from different cultures, without traveling to those other countries.