Malay weddings

Malay weddingsWeddings of the Malay community are generally festive, grand and celebratory affairs with many guests. Ceremonies may be held over several days in traditional Malay weddings. The marriage is solemnised during the akad nikah (solemnisation ceremony). The highlight of the wedding is the bersanding (sitting-in-state ceremony), which is followed by a feast for family and friends. Some couples have chosen to simplify matters, opting to have only the solemnisation ceremony and a simple lunch reception. This may be an effort to reduce costs or to ensure ...

Deepavali

Deepavali, or diwali (literally translated as “a row of lights”; also known as the Festival of Lights), is a festival celebrated by Hindus worldwide. The festival falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the Tamil month of Aipasi ...

Song Ong Siang

Song Ong Siang (b. 14 June 1871, Singapore–d. 29 September 1941, Singapore) was a prominent member of the Straits Chinese community in Singapore and the first Chinese in Malaya to be knighted by the British.1 He distinguished himself ...

Mohamed Latiff Mohamed

Mohamed Latiff Mohamed (b. 20 March 1950, Singapore– ) is a prolific poet and writer in Singapore’s Malay literary scene. A teacher by training, he is best known for his works about the struggles of the Malay community in post-independence ...

Paya Lebar Airport

Paya Lebar AirportPaya Lebar Airport officially opened on 20 August 1955. With its associated taxi tracks and aprons, it was considered a Class B3 Airport based on the 1953 standards ...

Jinrikisha Station

Jinrikisha StationLocated at the junction of Neil Road and Tanjong Pagar Road, the Jinrikisha (also spelt as “Jinricksha”) Station was built in 1903 and opened the following year, ...

Estate Renewal Strategy

Estate renewal is one of the key emphases of public housing in Singapore. It enables residents in older precincts to enjoy new facilities without uprooting from existing homes, thus keeping communities intact. In addition, improving ...

Co-curricular activities in schools

Co-curricular activities (CCAs) are a core component of the holistic education received by youths in Singapore. CCAs inculcate values and develop competencies, and at the same time foster social integration and deepen students’ sense ...

St John Ambulance Brigade

St John Ambulance BrigadeThe St John Ambulance Brigade (SJAB) is a voluntary organisation founded in England in 1887 to provide first-aid support for public events and emergencies. Established ...

Ivan Heng

Ivan Heng (b. 1963, Singapore–), an accomplished stage actor and director, is the founding artistic director of theatre company Wild Rice. He has acted and directed many Singapore theatre productions and his works have been performed ...

Ho See Beng

Ho See Beng (b. 5 February 1918, Fujian, China–d. 5 December 2008, Singapore) served as a labour union leader and member of parliament during Singapore’s formative years. A vanguard in the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Ho’s ...