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Singapore celebrates its birthday across the island

Singaporeans young and old celebrated Singapore's 49th birthday in variety of different ways outside of the Marina Bay Floating Platform.

SINGAPORE: Not everyone got the chance to celebrate Singapore's 49th birthday at the Marina Bay Floating Platform on Saturday (Aug 9). However, all around the island, Singaporeans young and old celebrated the momentous occasion in variety of different ways. 

At the *SCAPE Bazaar in Orchard Road there was youthful energy with teenagers showing off their dance skills, while the younger ones there picked up games of the yester-years. Also on display was a show of love and peace with an exhibition of wishes penned on a record 13,300 folded doves. 

Meanwhile, it was a carnival at the Sports Hub with fun activities such as face-painting and ball games.

Nearer the floating platform, it was party time at the Esplanade with live concerts. Non-Singaporeans also joined in on the celebrations.

One Singaporean student planned a party just for his classmates across the Causeway. "Because I'm proud of my country and celebrations, I wanted them to experience what Singapore's celebration is like," he said.

Some chose the occasion to do something really special and take their group graduation shots by the bay. "I thought, why not take it on National Day, with the fireworks as a backdrop?" said a girl in her graduation gown. "It'll be so wonderful, it'll make the whole thing really special and memorable."

For one family, the day was extra special. "Our family is celebrating our National Day here," said a woman sitting with her family in the crowds. "Also, my daughter is celebrating her birthday." 

Though some did not get a seat at the Floating Platform, those by the bay managed to get a good view of the aerial display by the Red Lions, as well as a very good view of the water displays by the Police Coast Guard and the Singapore Navy. The fireworks also shot to the skies at the end of the night for everyone to enjoy. 

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