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Cakap Heritage: All About Chinese New Year in Kreta Ayer / Chinatown
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The Singapore Heritage Society and Urban Redevelopment Authority proudly present:
Cakap Heritage: All About Chinese New Year in Kreta Ayer / Chinatown

Saturday 25 January 2014
3-4pm: photo sharing
4-6pm: “Cakap Session”
The URA Centre. 45 Maxwell Rd, 5th storey
Limited to 60 participants
Queries: Ms Eileen Teo
This event is multi-lingual: we welcome sharing in any of the common languages of Singapore. When registering, please indicate if you need translation so we can prepare. Thank you!

The Chinese Lunar New Year is when Kreta Ayer and therest of ‘Greater Town’ (or ‘Toa Poh’, being its colloquial reference) come alive with activities relating to this most important festival of the Chinese community. Kreta Ayer is the key shopping area, and nearby temples are thronged by worshippers from all over the island. The shophouses were homes to thousands of families, who celebrated in similar and different ways over the 15 days of the New Year.

What are your memories of shopping, new clothes, new year goods, hairdos, spring cleaning, reunion dinner, temple visits and firecrackers?

Also in this part of ‘Chinatown’, are two important Hindu and Muslim landmarks – Sri Mariamman Temple and Masjid Jamae. What are the stories of interaction between the communities during this festival?

SHS and URA are organising this first CAKAP HERITAGE session in 2014 for past and present residents and friends of Kreta Ayer / Chinatown to get together to remember this festival!

Your memories are important, and sharing them will keep them alive for future generations! We will transcribe and record your memories, for more to understand our shared history via URA’s Conservation Portal.

We are also looking out for family photos of you and your friends in Kreta Ayer/Chinatown in the old days! Do you have any to share with us and the rest of the participants? Bring them along! All are welcome!

Future CAKAP HERITAGE sessions:Apr: Easter & Churches | Jul: Ramadan & Hari Raya | Oct: Deepavali | Dec: The New Year

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