Intangible Cultural Heritage

Dragon boat

Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events

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  • Wushu


    Wushu (武术), also known as Chinese martial arts, originated in China. There are two different types of wushu: taolu (套路, choreographed movements) and sanda (散打, sparring, in the form of punches and kicks). Taolu may be further divided into “traditional” and “contemporary” categories. The former includes fist and weapon routines while the latter routines may either be fixed or choreographed.

  • Thaipusam


    Thaipusam is a Hindu festival held on the full-moon day in the month of Thai in the Tamil calendar (Jaunary-February). It is dedicated to Lord Murugan, an important god for Tamils who form the majority of ethnic Indians in Singapore.

  • 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.

  • 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".

  • Easter


    Easter is a festival observed by Christians worldwide. It is an event of celebration, focusing on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the lead-up to Easter, some Christians observe Lent, a 40-day period that involves prayers and fasting.

  • 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.

  • Vesak Day


    Vesak Day (Wesak Day), is an annual religious festival celebrated by the major Buddhist denominations in Singapore.

  • Dragon Dance

    Dragon Dance

    The dragon dance consists of a group of performers wielding a dragon prop mounted on poles to the rhythm of resounding drum beats.

  • Tamil-Hindu Weddings

    tamil wedding

    The wedding customs for the Indian community in Singapore are wide-ranging, with diverse traditions practised by the different sub-ethnic groups.

  • Christmas


    Christmas marks an important cultural and religious time of year for Christians. It is a time to gather with friends and family, eat seasonal foods, and celebrate a holiday with spiritual significance.

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