1944 Almanac

The 'sor hei' (combing up) ceremony was considered a rite of passage and equivalent to a wedding. Therefore, an auspicious day had to be chosen to hold the ceremony. 'Amahs' (Cantonese domestic servants) would either consult a fortune-teller or refer to almanacs such as this one, compiled by a shop in Hokkien Street, to determine the date for the ceremony. Having entered into sworn sisterhood in the sor hei ceremony, amahs formed networks to help each other with work-related problems, leads on available jobs and funeral arrangements.

Date/Period
1944
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Image size: 20cm x 12.4cm x 0.4cm
Accession No.
2002-01062
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Category
Rare Books

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