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Singapore Travel Guide
"Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It lies 137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the Equator, south of the Malaysian state of Johor and north of Indonesia's Riau Islands. At 704.0 km (272 sq mi), it is one of the few remaining city-states in the world and the smallest country in Southeast Asia. The British East India Company established a trading post on the island in 1819. The main settlement up to that point was a Malay fishing village at the mouth of the Singapore River. Several hundred indigenous Orang Laut people also lived around the coast, rivers and smaller islands.

The British used Singapore as a strategic trading post along the spice route.[4] It became one of the most important commercial and military centres of the British Empire. Winston Churchill called it ""Britain's greatest defeat"" when it was occupied by the Japanese during World War II.[5] Singapore reverted to British rule in 1945. In 1963, it merged with Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia. Less than two years later it split from the federation and became an independent republic on 9 August 1965. Singapore joined the United Nations on September 21 that same year."
Festivals Place to Visit Fast Facts
Chinese New Year
takes place for 42 days during January or February, depending on the Chinese calendar. This is an exceptionally festive time for Singapore. If you plan on being here during that time, best to book your accommodation early. Festivities take place all over the city and include the spectacular Chingay Parade, music and dance performances, fireworks and a multitude of other parades.

Chingay Parade
is a spectacular parade held in January or February along Orchard Road. This is Singapore's grandest street festival which celebrates the Chinese New Year with a Favorites include the stilt-walkers, lion dancers, samba dancers and floats. Visit this site for more information and Chingay Parade photos.

Hari Raya
Puasa on 19 January signals the end of Ramadan with three days of celebrations in January or February.During Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, vendor stalls sell food in the Arab Street district near the Sultan Mosque after sunset. Visit this site for further information regarding Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Thaipusam
is held on 31 January at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple and Sri Thandayuthapani Temple in Little India. A long, impressive procession of Hindu penitents carry 'kavadis' by piercing their bodies with hooks and barbs and marching from Serangoon Road to Tank Road. Thaipusam honours Lord Subramaniam, and on this Day of Atonement devotees offer thanks or fulfil vows to the deity. Visit this site for more photos of the Thaipusam.