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  • Chetty Taipusam, Singapore

    Heritage and Culture
    This is a black-and-white postcard with a photograph of a row of four statues with two Chetties on both ends, a man on the far right and a boy on the left. This was taking during a Thaipusam celebration. The back of the postcard is unwritten. Date of creation estimated.
  • Thaipusam, Singapore

    Heritage and Culture
    This is a black and white postcard with a photograph of an Indian man being prepared for a Thaipusam ceremony. The man is carrying a kavadi, while another man is piercing the spokes of the kavadi into his body. Around him are several Indian men busy making preparations. Title devised...
  • Thaipusam, Singapore

    Heritage and Culture
    This is a black and white postcard with a photograph of an Indian man carrying a kavadi during a Thaipusam ceremony. The man is wearing an undergarment and has the spokes of the kavadi pierced into his body. He is walking barefoot on a street lined on both sides with...
  • Thaipusam, Singapore

    Heritage and Culture
    This is a black and white postcard with a photograph of an Indian man carrying a kavadi during a Thaipusam ceremony. The man has two sharp objects pierced into his cheeks and one sharp object pierced through his tongue. The words "Thaipusam, Singapore" are printed at the bottom of the...
  • Chinese New Year Chingay procession, 1979

    Heritage and Culture · Streets and Places · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1979 photograph shows performers at a segment of the Chinese New Year's Chingay procession. The performers are wearing traditional Chinese costumes are holding a board with the Chinese words "公正廉明". Some of the performers appear to be dressed as Justice Bao, a symbol of justice and impartiality in ancient...
  • Religious adherents at Siong Lim Temple, 1972

    Streets and Places · Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    Photographer’s annotation on slide: “Deo; 27 Mai 72; Singapore 2516th anniversaire de Buddha.” This 1972 photograph shows a group of religious adherents in Siong Lim Temple celebrating the Buddha’s 2516th birthday. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Offerings for the afterlife in Chinatown, 1971

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1971 photograph shows food and wine offered most likely during the Hungry Ghost Festival to the afterlife in Chinatown. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Hungry Ghost Festival celebration at Joo Chiat Lane, 1991

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1991 photograph shows Hungry Ghost Festival celebration at Joo Chiat Lane. A group of people dressed in tradition Chinese clothing can be seen walking out from what looks like a temporary prayer altar. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Offerings for the afterlife in Onan Road, 1991

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1991 photograph shows a row of chairs and tables with food offered to the afterlife during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Onan Road. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Procession at China Street and Cross Street, 1977

    Streets and Places · Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    Photographer’s annotation on slide reads: “D. 20 Mars 77. China St/Cross St.” This 1977 photograph shows some celebration going on around China Street and Cross Street. A group of people can be seen moving along in orderly succession. Shophouses can be seen in the background. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Lanterns, Kreta Ayer, 1980s : general view [2]

    Heritage and Culture · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows lots of colourful lanterns on sale during the Mid-Autumn Festival outside a shop in Kreta Ayer. Also framed within the arched doorway is a man carrying a boy who is holding a lantern. Baskets of sundry products are left to dry under the sun in the background....
  • Christmas party : general view [1]

    Events · Heritage and Culture · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows a group of men conversing and networking with one another while having drinks. The Singapore Police Force crest is seen near the top of the photograph. A Christmas tree is also prominent on the right side. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Lanterns, Kreta Ayer, 1980s : general view [1]

    Heritage and Culture · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows lots of colourful lanterns on sale during the Mid-Autumn Festival outside a shop in Kreta Ayer. Also framed within the arched doorway is a man carrying a boy, who is reaching out with his hand to touch a lantern. Baskets of sundry products are left to dry...
  • Chinese new year paraphernalia : close-up

    Arts · Heritage and Culture · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This is a photograph showing an assortment of Chinese New Year paraphernalia, including red packets, Chinese New Year cards as well as a miniature lion's head, probably to represent the lion dance performances common during Chinese New Year. The character for "rat" is on one of the pamphlets on the...
  • Christmas party : general view [2]

    Heritage and Culture · Events · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows a group of men conversing and networking with one another while having drinks. The Singapore Police Force crest is seen near the top of the photograph. A Christmas tree is also prominent on the right side. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Grave : general view

    Heritage and Culture · Streets and Places · Lee, Kip Lin · Lee Kip Lin Collection
    This 1993 photograph shows a family mourning at their parents' graves at a cemetery, during Qing Ming Jie. Qing Ming (Cheng Beng in dialect) is All Souls' Day for the Chinese. It is a time to remember the departed and to pay respects to one's deceased ancestors and family members....
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  • Chingay Parade 1976

    Events · Organisations · Heritage and Culture
    This photograph shows a street view of the Chingay Parade of 1976. It captures the dragon dance troupe holding up their long dragon prop. Police officers can be spotted among the crowd. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Offerings at a Hungry Ghost Festival celebration at Queen Street, 1974

    Heritage and Culture
    This photograph shows an altar of deities and offerings for them as part of the Hungry Ghost Festival celebration at Queen Street in 1974. A replica of Buddha in a glass case is also visible. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Chingay Parade 1976

    Events · Heritage and Culture
    This photograph shows a street view of a Monkey God performance during the Chingay Parade in 1976. A lot of children and spectators on the road side and along the corridors of the HDB flats in the background. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Hungry Ghost Festival celebration at Queen Street, 1974

    Heritage and Culture
    This photograph shows a large altar with burning joss sticks and candles, in celebration of the Hungry Ghost Festival at Queen Street in 1974. One worshipper is seen kneeling in front of the altar. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Chingay Parade 1976

    Events · Organisations · Heritage and Culture
    This photograph shows a close-up view of the tail end of a dragon dance troupe during the Chingay Parade of 1976 as the procession moves along the road. A traffic police officer on motorbike follows from the side. In the background are HDB flats. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Chingay Parade 1976

    Events · Heritage and Culture
    This photograph shows a lady in traditional Chinese costume carrying two flower bouquets tied to the end of a pole which she carried on ther shoulder as part of the Chingay Parade of 1976. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Offerings at a Hungry Ghost Festival celebration at Queen Street, 1974

    Heritage and Culture
    This photograph shows the Hungry Ghost Festival celebration at Queen Street in 1974. A group of children are standing in front of the altar looking at a small television. Other offerings include tubs of hair cream and skin cream. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Dragon ornaments for Chinese New Year, 1976

    Arts · Heritage and Culture
    This photograph shows a man with a box of dragon ornaments for Chinese New Year, probably taken in 1976 which was the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese zodiac. Title devised by Library staff.