singapore festivals

The Hindu festival, ThaiPusam, took place in Singapore this weekend. One of the world’s most gruesome festivals, it is held every January and celebrated mostly by the Tamil community. One of the largest celebrations around the world is in Singapore. I even found footage on Youtube of ThaiPusam taken in 1959, possibly in Singapore.

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Mooncakes and the Mid-Autumn Festival 2011

by admin on September 9, 2011

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Singapore is the city of a thousand festivals, at least it feels like that anyway. Every week there seems to be a different festival being celebrated. We have just had the Hungry Ghost Festival, when the Chinese believe the gates of hell are opened to let out hungry ghosts who wander and look for food. Now it’s Mid-Autumn Festival, also know as the Mooncake or Lantern Festival. It’s a traditional harvest festival celebrated by the Chinese and is a major highlight in Singapore’s cultural calendar. People eat Mooncakes (traditional chinese pastries made out of lotus seed paste available in all sorts of unusual flavours) and Pomelos.

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