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In the Supertree Grove © John Warburton-Lee/Danita Delimont
Every August 9, the streets of Singapore fill with revelers celebrating the anniversary of the city-state"s independence from Malaysia in 1965. Like patriotic events in other nations, Singapore"s National Day features parades, speeches from political leaders, and fireworks. This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the first British colonial outpost in what would become modern-day Singapore.