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Singapore NHB to celebrate Racial Harmony Day with series of events

Racial Harmony Day is held annually in Singapore on July 21. Traditionally on this day, Singaporeans celebrate diverse, cross-cultural character, and reflect on the importance of fostering harmony and understanding among all communities in the nation.

This year, the National Heritage Board has organised a wide variety of activities, events and exhibitions to celebrate racial harmony in the Lion City. Take a look at some of the upcoming events in July and August listed below:

My Family Stories of Racial Harmony

Community contributors Mr. Cheng Choon Eng.
Community contributors Mr. Cheng Choon Eng. Photo courtesy: Founders' Memorial, NHB

NHB in collaboration with Genealogy Society Singapore, reflects on the important national values embraced through families and grassroots stories, from kampong days in the 1960s to the integrated housing communities of today.

Make Your Own Kueh Clay Art Keychain

Malay Heritage Centre - Taste of culture a cooking demo by Ruqxana, cookery magic.
Malay Heritage Centre - Taste of culture a cooking demo by Ruqxana, cookery magic. Photo courtesy: NHB

A staple of the Singaporean food culture, kueh (or kuih in Malay) are traditional snacks that are often made from glutinous rice, coconut, and gula melaka (palm sugar). Commonly associated with the Peranakan and Malay cultures, kueh in Singapore today also carry influences of other culinary traditions that are part of their culinary heritage. 

Open House Celebrations at Malay Heritage Centre

Malay Heritage Centre - Cerita (Stories) special exhibition guided tours.
Malay Heritage Centre - Cerita (Stories) special exhibition guided tours. Photo courtesy: NHB

Participate in a variety of craft activities this Racial Harmony Day at MHC. Look for the keris and haj belt at the Cerita (Stories) special exhibition and create your own through our Craft-efact kit. 

Rentak Warisan is a bi-monthly showcase in collaboration with Singapore's original Malay music ensemble, Sri Mahligai. The programme aims to promote upcoming Malay Heritage Centre activities while entertaining audiences with thematically selected songs. For the Racial Harmony installment, the band will feature songs that have elements of multiculturalism and the adaptation of musical traditions for other cultures.

Open House Celebrations at Indian Heritage Centre

Little India heritage trail in Singapore.
Little India heritage trail in Singapore. Photo courtesy: IHG

Journey through one of the most colourful historical precincts where goldsmiths, textile merchants and spice traders showcase the cross-cultural commonalities that are uniquely Singaporean.

Banana Leaf Dining Etiquette Workshop

Banana Leaf Dining Etiquette Workshop.
Banana Leaf Dining Etiquette Workshop. Photo courtesy: IHG

There’s something magical about food when it’s steeped in tradition; the experience becomes an opportunity to appreciate culture. This Racial Harmony Day, come learn the art and etiquette of Indian banana leaf dining, experience eating a traditional Tamil vegetarian meal by hand & get to know the nuances behind the serving sequence of the vegetarian meal.

Open House Celebrations at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall - Permanent gallery guided tours.
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall - Permanent gallery guided tours. Photo courtesy: NHB

Learn about the shared commonalities across the major ethnic cultures in Singaporeans. Fun drop-in activities have been planned at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall where you can customize your own unique tote bags with block prints or make your own shadow puppet figurines. 

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