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Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events

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  • Pongal


    Pongal is a harvest and thanksgiving festival that takes place during the Tamil month of Thai which typically falls in January. “Pongal” in Tamil means "boiling over or spill over".

  • Chinese Calligraphy

    Calligraphers featured at Black Earth Art Gallery

    Chinese calligraphy, or shufa (书法) — translated literally as “method of writing” — is a means of writing Chinese characters in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

  • Lion Dance

    lion dance

    Lion dance performances are a common sight in Singapore during Chinese New Year and other Chinese cultural and religious festivals, as they are believed to be bearers of good luck.

  • Sepak Takraw

    The designated feeder for this play holds the ball to signal to the server (No.18), before serving the ball for the server to “spike” and volley to the opposing team.

    Sepak takraw is a sport native to Southeast Asia, involving a rattan ball being kicked over a net. The term sepak means ‘to kick’ in Malay while takraw is said to be derived from a Thai word for the rattan ball. The sport is played by two opposing teams, where players volley a rattan ball over a net, ensuring that it does not touch the floor. Each team is called a regu and comprises of three players.

  • Vesakhi


    Vesakhi (also known as Vaisakhi or Baisakhi) is celebrated on either on the 13th or 14th of April every year in the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated as a harvest festival traditionally in India. The day has an added dimension for the Sikh community as it commemorates a key event in the establishment of their religion and identity — the formation of the Khalsa, an order of baptised Sikhs.

  • Qing Ming Festival

    Qing Ming Festival (清明节) is a traditional Chinese festival for the worshipping of ancestors, usually occurring on the fourth to sixth day of April of the Gregorian calendar and the early part of the third lunar month in the lunar calendar.

  • Theemithi


    Theemithi is Hindu festival, stretching over approximately three months, beginning in the Tamil month of Aadi (around July or August). It comprises a series of rituals and ceremonies, and ends with the fire-walking ceremony in October.

  • Malay Weddings

    Malay Weddings

    Malay weddings are festive and grand affairs that bring together family, friends, and neighbours.

  • Mid-Autumn Festival

    mid autumn festival

    The Mid-Autumn Festival, or the Mooncake Festival as it is commonly known in Singapore, is celebrated by Chinese communities all around the world. It falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, when the moon is believed to be at its fullest.

  • Chinese New Year

    chinese new year

    One of the most important festivals for Chinese communities, Chinese New Year encompasses a vibrant and diverse range of practices and traditions. Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese lunar calendar and falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. The celebrations last for 15 days, and reinforce cultural values such as family harmony, social relations and securing good fortune for the coming year. It is time for visiting family and friends, with the ritual exchange of traditional gifts of money and symbolic foods. There are different myths surrounding the origins of the festival, one being an ancient sacrificial rite called la ji (腊祭) held to give thanks to the gods and pray for more plentiful harvests ahead, and another being the legend of nian (年), a mythical beast that was driven away by loud noises and bright red colours that is characteristic of the festival.

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