A Lighter Side of History: Chinese New Year Customs & Taboos

Gallery Theatre,
2pm – 3.30pm
Free with registration

Many traditional Chinese New Year customs are still practised by Singaporeans to this day. Well-wishes for one another, which can be conveyed in different Chinese dialects, offer a sense of community and are very much a part of our linguistic heritage. Other aspects such as food culture and the dos and don’ts during Chinese New Year can also be unique to the various dialect groups. Join us in a lively discussion with our speaker Kuan Eng, the author of a series of dialect pictorial books, who will also present live illustrations of various items associated with Chinese New Year.

Registration required. Please email with your name and contact number. Please provide the details of the other participants if you wish to register for more than one person.

About the Speaker

Kuan Eng founded the “Sibey Nostalgic” Facebook page and has authored a series of well-received dialect pictorial books. As an ex-advertising creative director turned social worker, he observed a trend of Singaporeans losing touch with their dialects while pursuing economic progress. He hopes to reclaim this fast disappearing part of Singapore‘s heritage through his books, and reconnect Singaporeans with dialects in a fun and engaging way.

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