Fun facts every Singaporean should know about our National Day celebrations

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Lavelle Tan cheering her heart out at the National Day Parade on 9 August 2017.


As 9 August draws near, here are some fun facts about our collective favourite day.


TEXT: ALYWIN CHEW
PHOTOS: SPH, SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Fun pack fun fact

The quintessential NDP funpacks debuted in 1991, with more than 70,000 distributed to the audience at the National Stadium.

Forking up for 50

Image Credit: SG50

SG50 featured the most elaborate National Day Parade, with some $40.5m spent on producing it.

At all cost

Image Credit: Jordan Tan/Shutterstock.com

$500

That’s how much scalpers were charging for NDP tickets in the late 1990s!

Expensive lyric sheet

Image Credit: TheSmartLocal

Forgot the lyrics to the National Anthem? Use a magnifying glass on the

$1000

note which has the lyrics in microtext.

National Effort

14, 000

The number of participants, volunteers and personnel required to put up the NDP.

5-flat flag

The national flag used in the flypast during the parade measures nearly 490 square metres – that’s the size of almost five HDB 5-room flats!

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