How do you teach and nurture loyalty? Like all values, they’re caught and not taught. Every year, we make it a family affair to catch the National Day Fireworks…hoping the little one will ‘catch’ the patriotism of being a Singaporean…Most years, it involves ‘camping’ outdoors at good vantage points hours before the actual fireworks display; once we splurged on a National Day stay-cation (at Ritz Carlton no less!) to soak in the atmosphere with the extended family. As you can see, National Day is indeed a much look-forward occasion in our family calendar.
Like any birthday, there is a great sense of anticipation leading up to the celebration. Our hearts swell with pride as we watch the parade (on TV, alas no luck with the ballot) and belt out NDP songs with gusto. During the flypast, Dana salutes the flag as a mark of respect…young as she is, she has come to associate National Day as a time for the family (and country) to unite as one to count the blessings of living in this safe, small red dot we call Home. Through this simple family tradition, we hope to instill values of loyalty, patriotism and gratitude in our little girl, which will eventually transcend to other things in her lives that matter- like family, church and friends.
So here you go, here is a collection some of our favourite sights from National Days past and present…
|Bird’s Eye View of our beautiful city skyline…Click on picture to enlarge it.
|The moment we all wait for…
|Rapid bursts of fireworks lit up the sky!
|Proud to be Singaporeans!
If you hope to catch these spectacular fireworks this National Day, it’s not too late! Hop over to The Wacky Duo‘s blog to check out the schedules and best public viewing venues. May I also invite you to join the blogging community at The Playful Parents to read and share what we love about Singapore at the Sensational Singapore blog linky. Happy 48th National Day Singapore!