Intangible Cultural Heritage

Dragon boat

Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events

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  • Kavadi Making

    The Tamil term kavadi has been translated as a burden or load that is carried as a form of sacrifice to the Hindu god Lord Murugan.

    The Tamil term kavadi has been translated as a burden or load that is carried as a form of sacrifice to the Hindu god Lord Murugan.

  • Silver Chariot Procession

    In Singapore, the silver chariot – a huge processional cart carrying an image or idol of the festival’s presiding deity – is towed along a public route for worshippers.

    The Silver Chariot Procession (Tamil: வெள்ளி தேரி ஊர்வலம்) is a religious ritual practiced during Hindu festivals and auspicious consecration ceremonies.

  • Pilgrimage to Kusu Island

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    Kusu Island is the site of an annual pilgrimage drawing both Chinese and Malay devotees. Meaning “Turtle Island” (龟屿岛) in Chinese and “Peak Island” (Pulau Tembakul) in Malay,

  • Nyonya beadwork and embroidery

    Nyonya beadwork and embroidery are intricate craft forms associated with the Peranakan community, and can be found in decorations for everyday household items, as well as more ornamental pieces for special occasions such as weddings.

  • Cheongsam tailoring

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    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.

  • Getai

    Getai (歌台) translates literally from Chinese as “song stage” and is a form of vernacular entertainment involving live performances of music, song, and dance

    Getai (歌台) translates literally from Chinese as “song stage” and is a form of vernacular entertainment involving live performances of music, song, and dance.

  • Hawker Culture

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    Hawker culture in Singapore can be traced back to street hawkers and the hawker centres which were first built to resettle street hawkers in the 1970s.

  • Rangoli

    Rangoli, which means “an array of colours” in Sanskrit, is a traditional Indian art form dating back some 5,000 years to the pre-Aryan period. It is known as kolam in Tamil.

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