Uniquely Indian: Rituals and Festivals in Singapore

About the exhibition:

Singapore’s South Asian communities are diverse and trace their roots to different parts of the subcontinent including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Yet, their shared identity is shaped by a common migrant history and the collective experience of establishing their roots in Singapore through cultural practices unique to the various Indian communities.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, early migrants travelled via different routes (and especially by ship from various port cities in the subcontinent) to the Straits Settlements (comprising Penang, Malacca and Singapore) and states of British Malaya as part of the colonial administration or as independent migrants. They often undertook these perilous and arduous journeys in search of new opportunities and new lives. These migrants brought with them languages, religions, artistic endeavours and social norms which were subsequently modified over time to adapt to the multicultural milieu of local society.

The observance of a year round calendar of festivals points to the transfer, practise and re-interpretation of cultural practices by migrant communities. Some of the major Indian festivals observed in Singapore include the Indian harvest festivals, Thaipusam, Holi, Onam and Deepavali. Apart from being special occasions for the respective communities, these festivals serve as opportunities for Indians in Singapore to come together in celebration.


About the panels:

Requested Exhibition Period:        

4 Weeks Minimum

Exhibition Elements:                    

6 Free-standing panels with text and graphics on front panel 

Photo op picture on back panel                                                  

Text is in English and Tamil

Panel Dimensions:

1700mm (H) x 1200mm (L) x 550mm (w) incl base

Floor area required:

25 m2
*Occupied floor area is configurable. This is just an estimate only.

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