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By: Amber Bess!

Culture- In Singapore street performances or held during all the big festivals. For instance, the Chinese New Year. People do many acrobatic dances during the street performances. One of the most popular is The Lion Dance. These parades distinguish all the different beliefs and backgrounds of the people of Singapore. Some of the people are Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Sikhs.
One cultural event in Singapore is a month long festival of the hungry ghosts. This is celebrated from the first of August to the first of September. This is one of the biggest Chinese festivals. According to Taoist belief, the gates of hell are thrown open throughout the seventh month of the lunar year when spirits are allowed to roam the Earth. To appease these homeless spirits, Chinese street operas are held, candles and joss-sticks are lit in a row in front of Chinese homes and hell currency notes are burnt as offerings.
History- In 1819, the island of Singapore was ceded to the British East Indian Company. It became a British protectorate. The colony was administered by the British East India Company until 1858. It was part of British India until 1867 and became seperate crown colony in 1867. Between 1942 and 1945 the Straits Settlements were occupied by Japan. Malacca and Penang came together in 1946 into the Federation of Malaya. Singapore became a seperate separate crown colony during this time. Singapore was then granted self-government in 1948. That was completed in 1955 and became its own parliment. Singapore became the State of Singapore in 1959, an autonomous British dependency. In 1963 Singapore joined the new independent federation of Malaysia. It then withdrawed from the federation in 1965 and the Republic of Singapore was proclaimed.

People- Singapore has a resident population of about 3.5 million, with a median age of 32 years. Most of Singapores people (77.3 percent) are Chinese. The main religion in Singapore is Buddhism. It is followed by:Taoism, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism. The offical language of Singapore is Chinese.
Geography- Singapore is an island located in Souteastern Asia. It is slightly 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC. The climate is tropical. Almost all year it is hot, humid and rainy. There are no pronounced rainy or dry seasons. Singapore has a lowland terrain.

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