It’s mid-year exam season in the month of May for most students here in Singapore. But thankfully, the many public holidays that fall on this month bring some welcome respite to exam fever.

Let your youngsters take a break from the books and check out these events and activities happening throughout the month!

Geylang Serai Hari Raya Light-up

Source: The Straits Times

In the month of Ramadan, take advantage of cooler evening temperatures to visit Geylang Serai and soak in the festive atmosphere of Hari Raya Aidilfitri. While everyone’s favourite Ramadan bazaar has gone online this year, be dazzled by the resplendent street lightings and colourful decorations along Sims Avenue and Changi Road. This year, the light-up focuses on neighbourliness and our community resilience in the face of the pandemic with the theme "Celebrating Our Kampung Spirit".

Festive lights are switched on nightly from now till 23 May from 7pm to midnight, with hours extended until 6am on the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri on 12 May. Find out more here.

Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2021

Source: Singapore International Festival of Arts

Culture vultures rejoice as the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) returns from 14 to 30 May with a rich selection of international and local online and in-venue offerings. Get hands on in artist-led workshops which promote self-care, healing and wellness—perfect for dispelling study stress!

Ticket deals are available online at the SIFA website.

Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us

Source: Public Art Trust

View Singapore through a different lens with 14 commissioned artworks spread across eight Singapore parks. Commissioned by the Public Art Trust, Rewritten presents 14 insta-worthy public art installation pieces inspired by local writers and literary works.

Make a beeline down to the various neighbourhood parks from now till 6 June and take the chance to reconnect with nature.

Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom

Source: Gardens by the Bay

Marvel at the stunning masterpieces from renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly down at Gardens by the Bay. Titled Glass in Bloom, Chihuly presents an extensive collection of his works for the first time in Asia. They include 25 magnificent large-scale installations at the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and outdoor gardens.

The full glass art display is available till 1 August 2021. Admission charges apply.

Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of COVID-19 in Singapore

Source: National Museum of Singapore

It’s been a year since Singapore’s Circuit Breaker period. Five local photographers and two filmmakers were commissioned by the National Museum of Singapore to visually document the Covid-19 pandemic’s far-reaching impact across Singapore society. Get up close and personal with the poignant portrait of a nation responding to an unprecedented local and global crisis.

The exhibition is free for Singapore citizens and permanent residents; and runs till 29 August 2021.