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Hokkien clan group showcases traditional activities in online ‘temple fair’

SINGAPORE – To bring the “temple fair” experience to those at home, activities such as red lantern making and gongfu dancing were showcased online on Sunday (February 13) of Hokkien and Chinese cultures.

The Spring Cultural Showcase was held by Singapore’s Hokkien Huay Kuan (ShHK) in celebration of the Year of the Tiger.

Over 200 people, including SHHK members and teachers from affiliated schools joined the activities via Zoom. Fifty guests, such as the board of directors and committee members of the association, attended the event at SHHK Cultural Academy.

SHHK President Thomas Chua said the association aims to maintain traditions while encouraging innovation and progression over time.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has limited face-to-face interactions, so we need to harness the power of technology to maintain connections with over 5,000 members, nearly 1,000 school staff as well as our partners” , he added.

Other activities included an introduction to Chinese nanyin musical art, a session for teaching traditional Hokkien songs and slang, and another for Hokkien nursery rhymes.

National Development Minister Desmond Lee, the guest of honor at the event, said in a Facebook post that it was heartwarming to see how Chinese culture and tradition have been “passed down through the centuries to the current generation”.

“(SHHK) has improved the lives of many Singaporeans, not just Hokkians or Chinese, but also other ethnic groups, through its support of education and social welfare since 1840 – that is say 182 years ago,” said Mr Lee, who is also Minister for Social Services Integration.

In his speech at the showcase, he thanked the association for helping the Temasek Foundation distribute masks and hand sanitizer to more than 10 community centers, and for encouraging the elderly to get vaccinated. against Covid-19.