The traditional national day parade in Singapore's Fort Canning Park was an impressive spectacle this year. More than 800 participants marched to the accompaniment of a band while waving their flags. Surrounded by tropical vegetation, the heat might have been a challenge to some, but did not in any way manage to break the festive spirit.
Many of the adults present had already been exercising their vocal chords earlier in the day at the reception at the Ambassador’s residence. Led by the choir “Kor i all verden”, you could barely spot a dry eye in the crowd after their performance of the national anthem. The Ambassador also gave a speech and presented a greeting from the King and Queen of Norway.
In Fort Canning Park, the children also had their chance to perform. Many of the pupils from the Norwegian Supplementary School gave speeches, sang songs and recited poems. However, the highlight for many of the children was the snake charmer. Cries of both joy and fear were heard among the audience, and the bravest of the children even had the chance to hold the snake on their shoulders while getting their picture taken.
In accordance with Norwegian tradition, ice cream, hot dogs and sweets were served to the youngest, while the adults enjoyed a delicious buffet. The tradition of celebrating May 17 in Fort Canning Park keeps getting more and more popular. We are already looking forward to next year’s celebration