This year’s National Day Celebration was decidedly different from every other year since Singapore gained independence. There’s always a huge parade with military hardware on display, performances by artistes and a really huge fireworks show in the evening. This is also a time to show your patriotism to the country, and many of us showed that patriotism by packing our bags and leaving Singapore for a short holiday usually to the nearby South East Asian countries.
With the COVID19 pandemic shutting down all leisure travel, there was no exodus of Singaporeans rushing to the airport trying to squeeze a vacation into 3-4 days during the National Day long weekend. And with social distancing measures still in place, there was no big parade and performances, but instead several mobile columns of military vehicles went round the island and fireworks displays were held in several housing estates.
Trying to get some better pictures of the mobile column which was supposed to be going by near where I stayed, I decided to find an overhead pedestrian bridge which overlooks the road. But by the time I got there, it was already filled with spectators, and of course social distancing doesn’t mean a thing when everyone is trying to find a good spot to watch the show.
When I was a kid, I used to build model tanks from Tamiya kits, and looking at these tanks now does bring back memories of those days spent gluing plastic parts together.
It’s a good thing that the fireworks show in the evening was also going to be happening near my house. So I told myself to get there earlier to find a good spot to capture the fireworks. But other people must have been reading my mind. Again, I couldn’t get the spot I wanted, but still managed to find a another good spot.
The fireworks display ended a day of unusual celebration. In all, I felt that the celebrations were subdued due to the distributed activities and there didn’t seem to have a central focus. But the idea was to prevent crowds from gathering at one location, so I guess that this was the only way to have a celebration.