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Singaporeans urged to fly national flag from July 1 to September 30

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  • Singaporeans are encouraged to display the national flag from July 1 to September 30 to celebrate National Day and express national pride.
  • The rules for displaying the flag are relaxed during this period, allowing for greater participation from households and businesses.
  • The National Symbols Act provides a framework for the respectful use of national symbols, promoting national pride and solidarity.

In a bid to foster national pride and unity, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) has encouraged all Singaporeans to display the national flag from July 1 to September 30. This period, which encompasses Singapore's National Day on August 9, is a time for citizens to come together and celebrate the nation's achievements and resilience.

A Symbol of Unity and Resilience

The national flag of Singapore is more than just a piece of fabric; it is a powerful symbol of the country's statehood, unity, and resilience. As the MCCY stated, "The national flag is Singapore’s most visible symbol of statehood and a symbol of our national unity and resilience. It should be treated with respect, and used in an appropriate and dignified manner". This call to display the flag is part of the broader National Day celebrations, which aim to bring the community together in a shared expression of national pride.

Relaxed Rules for Display

During this period, the rules for flying and displaying the national flag are relaxed. Singaporeans can display the flag without a flagpole and without night illumination, making it easier for households and businesses to participate. However, it is crucial to ensure that the flag is treated with respect. Torn or worn-out flags should not be displayed and must be disposed of properly by packing them into a sealed black trash bag.

Historical Significance

The design of the Singapore national flag, which was unveiled on December 3, 1959, holds deep symbolic meaning. The red color stands for universal brotherhood and equality, while the white symbolizes purity and virtue. The crescent moon represents a young nation on the rise, and the five stars stand for democracy, peace, progress, justice, and equality. This design was carefully chosen to reflect the ideals and values of the nation.

National Symbols Act

The National Symbols Act, which replaced the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem (SAFNA) Act, provides a framework for the appropriate use of national symbols. Passed in Parliament on September 13, 2022, this legislation allows for the wider use of national symbols by Singaporeans to express national pride and solidarity. The MCCY has provided detailed guidelines on the respectful use of the flag, which can be viewed online.

Community Engagement

The "Fly Our Flag" campaign is part of a series of activities leading up to the National Day Parade. Singaporeans are encouraged to participate in various events, such as the GetActive! Singapore Heartland Festivals, which will be held at multiple locations across the island. These events aim to bring the community together through sports, games, and other activities, fostering a sense of togetherness and national pride.

Displaying the national flag from July 1 to September 30 is a simple yet powerful way for Singaporeans to show their love for their country. It is a reminder of the nation's journey, its values, and the unity that binds its people together. As Singapore celebrates its 59th birthday, let us all come together to fly our flag high and proud.

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