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While restrictions might mean a toned-down National Day this year, there are still a variety of ways you can celebrate and flaunt your national pride at home

This year's National Day sets an unprecedented first, with the actual celebrations and parade postponed to August 21 in light of the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) restrictions. Instead of a big birthday bash, a small-scale ceremonial parade is slated to be held on August 9, as we celebrate Singapore’s 56th year since independence. The rest of the activities, which include the annual fireworks display and the Red Lions parachute event, will be postponed.

Despite the changes, the patriotic spirit remains strong. If you’re looking for ideas on holding a cosy celebration at home, we’ve gathered a list of experiences for you to enjoy with the whole family as you indulge in the long weekend ahead. Don on your red and white ensemble with pride and celebrate our island's 56th year! 

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Learn about Singapore

There’s no better time to discover our nation’s history than National Day. The National Heritage Board has pulled together an online archive consisting of objects, images, stories and more that details Singapore’s history in a rich and immersive manner. Discover the stories behind our iconic black-and-white bungalows, what World War Two was like in Singapore, and the origins behind various street names on our island.

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Catch local films and tv series

Sink into your couch with a bowl of popcorn and binge a myriad of local productions on your television. Thanks to Netflix, there’s a range of local movies and series available to stream on the platform. Catch classics such as The Noose that will have you feeling nostalgic, critically-acclaimed local productions such as The Little Nyonya, or binge-watch more recent series such as Singaporean Social

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Order In

While dine-in restrictions will still be in place on National Day, it doesn’t stop you from throwing a grand feast at home as you celebrate with your loved ones. Restaurants, bars, and cafes are steadily releasing a variety of National Day-themed menus that are available for deliveries and takeaways.

For an added local twist, dine at home with local tableware designed by homegrown label Supermama. Created from fine craftsmanship, the One Singapore 2021 porcelain plate features thoughtful designs that display a glimpse of our country’s melting pot of culture.

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Listen to music by homegrown talents

If there’s one thing that captures the Singapore spirit we love, it’s the annual National Day Parade (NDP) theme songs. Take this chance to blast this year’s theme song, The Road Ahead, at home through high-fidelity wireless speakers. Composed by singer-songwriter Linying and music producer Evan Low, this year’s song has resonated with many and has been repeatedly  described as a heartwarming piece that is relevant to our island’s current situation. 

And in case you were unaware, this year’s NDP mascot—August, “a cheeky, young Merlion who loves Singapore with all his heart”—also happens to be a huge fan of lo-fi hip hop beats. The trendy mascot has pulled together a playlist of National Day songs with a lo-fi twist for you to enjoy.

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Try your hand at arranging a tropical floral display

Take this chance to create your own floral arrangement that’ll brighten up your abode. Work with tropical varieties such as birds of paradise, or opt for an orchid-centric display if that's among your favourite flowers. If you’re looking to infuse an even brighter Singapore-inspired colour scheme, curate a botanical arrangement with a mixture of red and white flowers.

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Watch National Day concerts

While the actual National Day concert might be delayed, a variety of smaller-scale concerts will be taking place virtually for you to view from the comforts of home. The Singapore Global Network is launching their first global show; hosted by Hossan Leong, it’ll feature performances and talks by Taufik Batisah, Kumar, Irene Ang, and other homegrown artistes.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra is also launching their annual SSO National Day Concert, where you’ll be able to treat your ears to a medley of National Day classics played by the orchestra.

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Attend virtual craft workshops

Indulge in a leisurely afternoon of crafting and flaunt your artistic skills with a range of art workshops. Learn about resin art and create your own art piece at artist studio Room to Imagine’s virtual workshop. The fun session will introduce resin, a versatile craft material that’s suitable for creating a range of art and decorative homeware pieces.

The Singapore Visual Arts Centre also has a live art class that caters to beginners and experienced individuals. You’ll learn a variety of skills depending on the workshop you take, which ranges from still life sketching to landscape drawing. The session will be conducted by professional art instructors and will also include step-by-step demonstrations, so you can easily keep up with the pace.