Intangible Cultural Heritage

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  • Making of Wood-Fired Pottery

    pottery making

    The production of traditional wood-fired pottery using dragon kilns draws on millennia of pottery traditions in China. Dragon kilns, mainly Hokkien and Teochew kilns, were constructed in Singapore in the early 1900s by migrants from South China.

  • Traditional Stonemasonry for the Making of Tombstones

    Traditional Stonemasonry for the Making of Tombstones

    Stonemasonry involves the craft of shaping rough pieces of stones into precise shapes, through techniques such as cutting, moulding, carving, sanding and engraving. Across the world, stonemasonry has been used in the construction of monuments and landmarks of cultural and historical significance.

  • Malay Dance Forms

    malay dance

    The traditional dance forms of the Malay communities in Singapore are wide-ranging and diverse, and they include zapin, joget, asli and inang, amongst others. Most of these traditional dance forms were already popular in Singapore during the early 20th century. Today, they are performed at festive events, staged as productions, and also taught to the younger generation through performing arts schools.

  • Orchid Cultivation

    Vanda Miss Joaquim

    Orchids belong to one the most diverse families of flowering plants in the world, with more than 25,000 recorded species, of which about 220 species are native to Singapore, although only about 60 species remain extant (i.e., surviving in Singapore, not extinct).

  • Making of Rattan Products

    Making of Rattan Products

    Rattan is a family of climbing palms found in tropical regions, and is used for a variety purposes, including the making of furniture and handicrafts, and as building materials. The name “rattan” refers to the stem of the climbing palm, and is believed to have originated from the Malay word “rotan”, meaning “to pare”. Rattan is also sometimes known as “cane”.

  • Traditional Malay Music

    Traditional Malay Music

    The musical genres in traditional Malay music include asli (‘original’, ‘traditional’), ronggeng, inang and joget (music which typically accompanying social dances), dondang sayang (songs of affection), keroncong (a type of folk music), zapin (music accompanying the zapin dance) and ghazal (typically tied to themes of romance sung in poetic quatrains).

  • Making of Traditional Chinese Lanterns

    Making of Traditional Chinese Lanterns

    The making and hanging of Chinese lanterns to celebrate festivals such as the Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节,the 15th day of Chinese New Year) dates back to the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) in China.

  • Making of Joss Sticks

    Making of joss sticks

    Joss sticks are fundamental to Chinese rituals and festivals, and often burned as part of rituals conducted during Chinese New Year (including the eve of Chinese New Year), deities’ birthdays, and for religious purposes.

  • Birthing Traditions

    Birthing Traditions

    Birthing traditions involve practices performed during prenatal, labour, and postnatal periods. In various communities, it is believed that prenatal practices can have an impact on the process of labour and delivery. The postnatal period is for a woman to recover from childbirth; hence specific rituals are observed to ensure recovery and prevent ill health in later years. The restoration of maternal health is important and practices are undertaken in the belief that they protect the woman from future illnesses.

  • Traditional Chinese Pastries

    Traditional Chinese Pastries

    The huge diversity of Chinese pastries in Singapore, ranging from kueh (sweet or savoury snacks) to biscuits and cakes, reflects the cultural traditions of the local Chinese community. These delicacies have been adapted over time to suit local tastes. For example, ingredients from the region such as pandan (derived from the Pandanus leaf) and kaya (coconut jam) have been added to recipes.

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