Intangible Cultural Heritage

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  • 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.

  • Practices related to Mazu

    Practices related to Mazu

    Mazu (妈祖), also known as the Goddess of the Sea, is a sea deity popularly worshipped in the provinces of Fujian and Guangdong in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and various parts of Southeast Asia with a sizeable Chinese population like Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

  • Popiah

    Set up for Popiah making

    Popiah (薄餅) is a traditional snack believed to be of Chinese Hokkien origin. Popiah, which means “thin snack” or “pancake” in Teochew, refers to a spring roll made from thin flour skin wrapped around finely chopped vegetables and meat.

  • Making of Soya Sauce

    Chinese sauces, such as soya sauce, have been made in Singapore for around a century.

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Process of packing traditional Chinese medicine

    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, dating back to more than 2,000 years. It views the human body as an organic whole with the organs related to and influencing each other.

  • Kueh

    Pulot Enti Kelapa

    Kueh (or kuih in Malay) are types of snacks that have become a staple in Singaporean food culture.

  • 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.

  • Roti Prata

    The process of frying Roti Prata

    Roti prata is a type of flatbread with origins from India. The word “roti” is derived from the Hindi language, meaning bread, while “paratha” means flat.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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