A nation rejoices in a sea of red and white

This year’s National Day celebrations didn’t just end when the parade drew to a close. Colourful carnival booths were set up at five heartland locations around Singapore to give residents an additional day to immerse themselves in the National Day celebrations. Besides fireworks displays and games at these events, the mobile column also travelled from the F1 pit to these heartland sites.

Many locations, one celebration: Post-National Day celebrations were held at five heartland estates, including Wisma Geylang Serai, on August 10 2019, (Photo: CINDY LEOW)

Accomodating all needs: Buses were used to transport the elderly from neighbouring heartland estates to Wisma Geylang Serai. (Photo: CINDY LEOW)

Giving me the freebies: Free copies of The New Paper were given to event participants as many waited in line to redeem their souvenirs. (Photo: CINDY LEOW)

Up-close and personal: As part of the National Day celebrations @ heartlands event, military hardware, such as a Leopard tank, went on display, allowing participants a quick photo. (Photo: CINDY LEOW)

Play pretend: Children at the event also had the opportunity to don military uniforms for a photo. (Photo: CINDY LEOW)

Smile for the camera: At the event, photo booths were set up to give participants a sneak peek to how they would look like in this year’s NDP costumes. (Photo: CINDY LEOW)

A symbol of patriotism: Volunteers were stationed at booths to help participants apply temporary National Day tattoos. (Photo by: CINDY LEOW)

Young at heart: As specially invited guests, elderly participants soaked up the National Day atmosphere with many event goodies. (Photo by: CINDY LEOW)

Painting patriotism: Families painted artworks of various Singaporean icons, including soldiers in uniform. These event activities were aimed at fostering family togetherness. (Photo: CINDY LEOW)

Art from the heart:  At the Bukit Panjang National Day Observance event, children swarmed around the arts and crafts table, filling little circle icons of Singapore with many colours. (Photo: CINDY LEOW)

Plates of pride: The children’s little patriotic creations were a popular photo opportunity for many families. (Photo: CINDY LEOW)

Stay still for stilts: Stilt walkers dressed in red and white entertained families at the Bukit Panjang National Day Observation. (Photo: CINDY LEOW)

Many homes, one flag: Many neighbourhoods exercised their creativity by hanging the Singapore flag in the lead up to National Day. A block in Jelapang Road – Block 528 – took it a level higher with rainbow bunting of Singapore icons. (photo by: CINDY LEOW)