Eat with your family today, Singaporeans told

SINGAPORE Fri May 25, 2007 3:19am EDT

A Chinese family enjoys 'lao yu sheng' during a reunion dinner in Singapore, in this February 14, 2007 file photo. The Singapore government has designated Friday, May 25, as Eat With Your Family Day, urging people on a Web site to strengthen family ties through the ''simple act of sitting down and taking a meal together more frequently''. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

A Chinese family enjoys 'lao yu sheng' during a reunion dinner in Singapore, in this February 14, 2007 file photo. The Singapore government has designated Friday, May 25, as Eat With Your Family Day, urging people on a Web site to strengthen family ties through the ''simple act of sitting down and taking a meal together more frequently''.

Credit: Reuters/Nicky Loh

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Singaporeans, please eat with your families. The Singapore government has designated Friday, May 25, as Eat With Your Family Day, urging people on a Web site to strengthen family ties through the "simple act of sitting down and taking a meal together more frequently".

The annual "Eat With Your Family Day", which always falls on a Friday before the start of the mid-year school break for students, is organized by the "Centre for Fathering", according to the National Family Week campaign Web site.

Singaporean families are generally small and quite close-knit but busy life styles and long working hours often mean members eat out often or rarely sit at the same table.

The Singapore government has for years been trying to boost the city-state's birth rate -- one of the lowest in the world. For example, the government sends dating tips to local graduates soon after they leave universities.

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