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Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events

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  • Vesak Day

    vesak

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

  • The Nine Emperor Gods Festival

    The Nine Emperor Gods Festival (九皇爷诞) is an important religious event in the Chinese lunar calendar in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

    The Nine Emperor Gods Festival (九皇爷诞) is an important religious event in the Chinese lunar calendar in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

  • Zhong Yuan Jie Hungry Ghost Festival

    hungry ghost festival

    Zhong Yuan Jie (中元节) takes place on the seventh month of the Lunar calendar. It is mostly observed by Chinese Buddhists and Taoists who believe that during this time, colloquially known as “seventh month” or 七月 (“seventh month” in Chinese), the gates of Hell are opened, releasing spirits who roam the earth.

  • 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.

  • Thaipusam

    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.

  • Silat

    silat

    Silat is a broad term that refers to a form of martial arts commonly practised in Southeast Asia.

  • Theemithi

    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.

  • Wushu

    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.

  • Easter

    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.

  • 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.

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