Intangible Cultural Heritage

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Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events

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  • 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.

  • Silat

    silat

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

  • Pongal

    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".

  • Silambam

    silambam

    Silambam is a form of martial art involving the act of fencing using a long staff. The staff is typically made of bamboo and can vary in length according to the practitioners’ height.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cheongsam tailoring

    cheongsam

    The cheongsam, or qipao (旗袍), is an elegant, form-fitting dress that originated in China. Its classic form is characterised by a high cylindrical collar. An opening, traditionally fastened by knotted buttons, runs diagonally to the right from the middle of the collar to the armpit and then down the dress’s side. The garment usually features side slits at the skirt hem as well.

  • Chinese Puppetry

    chinese puppetry

    Chinese puppetry (also known as puppet theatre) is performed in various Chinese dialects, depending on the region it originated from, with sponsors, puppeteers, and audiences congregating based on their native dialect and hometown.

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  • Making of Chinese Paper Offerings

    The practice of burning of Chinese paper offerings dates as far back as the Song Dynasty in China. Paper offerings are burnt for the deceased and deities particularly during occasions such as the Hungry Ghost Festival.

    The practice of burning of Chinese paper offerings dates as far back as the Song Dynasty in China. Paper offerings are burnt for the deceased and deities particularly during occasions such as the Hungry Ghost Festival.

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