People of Singapore

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Singapore is treated as one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The annual growth rate for 2008 was 5.4%, including resident foreigners. Singapore is a combination of various  linguistic, cultural, and religious heritage. Singapore’s national language is Malay, but Chinese, English, and Tamil also are official languages. English is selected as the language of administration and also is widely used in the professions, businesses, and schools of singapore. The country's literacy rate is 96.0%.

General culture
Singapore allows the religious freedom, although religious groups are subject to government scrutiny, and some religious sects are restricted or banned. Singapore is the combination of different religions which includes Malays (Generally muslims),Taoists, Buddhists, Confucianists, Christians, Hindus, or Sikhs.
Languages spoken
Singapore has a mixture of four languages recognized by the Singapore government: English (the most widely spoken language), Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. The national language of Singapore remains Malay, it is English that is used as a working language for business. On the streets of Singapore many speak Singlish, a patois language called Singapore Colloquial English by academics.
Festivals in Singapore
Various celebrations are done in Singapore. Due to the mixture of cultures brings forth a variety of colorful festivals centered on religion, age-old myths and traditions or the family. Famous festivals celebrated in Singapore are:

  1. Chinese New Year - This is an exceptionally festive time for Singapore and it takes place for 42 days during January or February, depending on the Chinese calendar. The Chingay Parade is Singapore's grandest street festival which celebrates the Chinese New Year.
  2. Hari Raya Puasa – This signals the end of Ramadan with three days of celebrations.
  3. Thaipusam - This is held at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple and Sri Thandayuthapani Temple in Little India.
  4. Singapore Fashion Festival - This offers a preview to the season’s trendiest styles through a series of fashion shows.
  5. Singapore Arts Festival - This is an eclectic mix of dance, drama and music from around the world.
  6. National Day - The National Day Parade promises a fun-filled occasion with cultural dances and fireworks.
  7. Deepavali - This is a very important Hindu holiday where Little India's streets and temples are decorated with lights and garlands and crowds gather in the Sri Mariamman Temple to watch the barefoot Hindu devotees walk across a pit of red hot embers.
  8. Singapore River Buskers' Festival - Talented street performers from around the world gather on the walkways of Orchard Road, along the Singapore riverbank and Marina Bay.
  9. Singapore River Fiesta - The event features a calendar of exciting activities all held at the nation's historic river.
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