A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. – Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi’s words gave food for thought, as I pondered about the culture(s) of Singapore. ‘Harmony amid diversity’ came into mind. Our multi-racial community comprises of the Chinese, Malay, Indians, Eurasians and other minority groups. Each ethnic group has its traditional practices that give Singapore a unique identity. ‘Fusion’ is her middle name, which derives from the harmonious unity of Singaporeans. We are a nation of beautiful colours, and there are countless stories to uncover.
At different times of the year, there are several traditional festivals and cultural events that you may like to join. For example, there are: Thaipusam – a Hindu festival that commemorates the feats of a Hindu deity named Lord Murugan, Hungry Ghosts Festival in the 7th month of the lunar calendar whereby believers make food offerings on the street, Hari Raya Haji – a Islamic festival also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, etc.
If you are interested in knowing more about Singapore’s history, culture and people; a cultural tour to the ethnic quarters (or even into the heartlands!) of Singapore would be highly recommended. Please feel free to check with me for more information here.