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A Lighter Side of History: Discovering the Myths and Wonders of Chinese New...

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Discovering the Myths and Wonders of Chinese New Year

The story at the core of Chinese New Year is about saying goodbye to the past year and welcoming the new year. It continues to shape many resolutions and give hope for the year ahead. But why do the Chinese celebrate the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) the way they do, and why is it so important to usher in the New Year? Why do people put up red decorations, light firecrackers and give red packets, and what are the taboos to avoid? How did the 12 zodiac animals come about? And what should you do to prepare yourself for an auspicious year, regardless of your zodiac animal?

Join Veronne Tan, a passionate storyteller, as she shares her stories about Chinese New Year!

This talk is presented in collaboration with ACE Seniors.


About ACE Seniors

ACE Seniors is a Singapore-based social enterprise and interest group that offers a holistic approach towards successful ageing. It provides Singaporeans aged 50 years and above with tools, tips, skills and activities to be active, contributive and engaged. More about ACE Seniors can be found at https://aceseniors.org/web/the-aces- club-2/.


About A Lighter Side of History
A Lighter Side of History celebrates Singapore’s diverse multicultural heritage, from food and dress to the different languages and customs passed down over the years. Featuring a range of fun and engaging hands-on workshops, talks, performances and demonstrations by heritage experts as well as collectors and practitioners, A Lighter Side of History is designed for everyone from beginners to history enthusiasts.


Image above: Chinese woodblock print conveying the wish for wealth and abundance in the New Year. Collection of the National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board.


Registration is required and reserved seats will be released five minutes before the start of the programme. Each person is allowed to register for up to 4 participants.

All information is correct at time of broadcast. The Museum reserves the right to make changes and modifications to the programmes without prior notice. The views and opinions expressed by speakers, facilitators or artistes in the talks, workshops, and performances do not represent the position of the National Musuem of Singapore.


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