Thursday, August 9, 2007

Happy 42nd Birthday!!! Singapore

I watched the NDP alone at home tonight. Quite sad, being alone on a holiday, but I enjoyed the parade and celebration on TV.
As we celebrate Singapore's 42nd Birthday, I like to share something regarding our National Anthem with you.

Our National Anthem was written over 1956-57 just before Singapore gained self-rule from the British.. The composer, the late Encik Zubir Said, wrote the anthem around the two words, "Majulah Singapura" or "Onward Singapore". It was launched on 3 December 1959 together with the National Flag.

Majulah Singapura (sung in Malay)
Mari kita rakyat Singapura
Sama-sama menuju bahagia
Cita-cita kita yang mulia
Berjaya Singapura
Marilah kita bersatu
Dengan semangat yang baru
Semua kita berseru
Majulah Singapura
Majulah Singapura

Onward Singapore (English translation)
We, the people of Singapore
Together march towards happiness
Our noble aspiration
To make Singapore a success
Let us all uniteIn a new spirit
Together we proclaim
Onward Singapore
Onward Singapore

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