As our Little Red Dot turns 50 this year; we bring you some fun facts as we celebrate Singapore’ birthday.
- The inaugural National Day Parade (NDP) was held at the Padang in 1966 to commemorate where Singapore declared its independence. This year’s NDP not only returns to the Padang, it also includes another ticketed site at The Float @ Marina Bay.
- Rain in Singapore is a common occurrence; it’s bound to rain on our parade. The first NDP to experience rainfall was in 1966, at 10.37am.
- “Stand Up for Singapore” (1984), “Count On Me, Singapore” (1986), and “We Are Singapore” (1987) are widely regarded as the best National Day songs. But they weren’t written by a Singaporean. Rather, a Canadian named Hugh Harrison penned the lyrics to these crowd-pleasers.
- The average Parade & Ceremony involves over 2,000 people who have gone through 200 hours of training before the grand day.
- NDP tickets are often snapped up quickly – giving rise to touting. The most expensive tickets ever scalped went for S$500.
- The parade was held in the morning till 1973, when it became an early evening event to attract more attendance from the public. It proved to be such a huge success, that the parade has continued to start at 5.30pm to this day.
- Our national anthem is printed in micro text on the back of our S$1000 note. We hope you’ve got deep pockets and a magnifying glass ready.
- We can’t lay claim to being the only city called Singapore. There lies a ghost town in Michigan, USA also called Singapore. Coincidentally meant to be a port town, it was founded in 1836 by New York land speculators. It now lies buried beneath the sand dunes of Lake Michigan due to deforestation.
Now that you’ve learned something new about Singapore, check out the list of SG50 activities we have in the Resort!
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