Madam President To Hold Open House At The Istana For Deepavali Celebration With Singaporeans

The Deepavali public holiday may have passed by already, but the celebrations continue at the Istana this weekend in the first open house hosted by President Halimah Yacob since she took office.

This Sunday, the grounds of the Istana will be open to the public from 8:30am to 6pm, with a line-up of programmes that includes music and dance performances, and henna painting among other activities. Visitors are also welcome to go on guided walks and tours around the Istana greenery and the main building itself.

Halimah was officially sworn into office on Sep 14 as the first female president of the country and the first Malay head-of-state in 47 years following a highly contentious governmental decision to reserve the elections to Malays only. Though the president longed to live in the heartlands in her Yishun jumbo flat, she was forced to move out due to security challenges.

Of course, you can ask the lady all about it if you happen to see her at the Istana open house on Oct 22. More details on the Istana’s website.



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