In The Bead For Peranakan Love

By Morgan Awyong| For Epoch Times For the unaware, the beaded patterns hanging in wooden frames in Robert Sng’s Little Shophouse might seem nothing more than pretty craft displays.In actual fact, those intricate pieces are designs to be made into a famous part of the Peranakan iconography – the kasut manek (beaded shoes). No traditional…

Keeping Traditions Alive: Tu-tally Singaporean

By Morgan Awyong| For Epoch Times “In the old days, we used a wooden board on a pivot like a seesaw. Attached to one end was a heavy rock, and the women would step on the other end to land blows on the rice while the men went out peddling the kueh.” – Kerwin Chng…

Tying the Knot: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Wedding Customs

By Li Yen & Jocelyn Neo | Epoch Times Staff In ancient China, a marriage ceremony is a solemn and sacred occasion. Michelle Neo, the co-owner of Chinese Wedding Shop, happily shares her knowledge with anyone who steps into her retail stores. “We will try to explain to them all the customs, all the cultures and everything…

Singapore Han Cultural Society: Reviving Chinese Han Couture (Hanfu)

By Jocelyn Neo and Li Yen| Epoch Times Staff Chinese people are called “hua ren” (華人), but do you know that the word “hua” (華) was derived from the beautiful clothing worn by the Han Chinese? Many people assume qipao (cheongsam) to be the quintessence of traditional Chinese dressing, but qipao is actually the traditional clothing of…

Hanfu of the Tang, Song and Ming Dynasties

By Jocelyn Neo | Epoch Times Staff Many people assume qipao (cheongsam) to be the quintessence of traditional Chinese dressing, but qipao is actually the traditional clothing of the Manchus, not the Chinese. The Han Chinese – the largest ethnic group in China – had their own traditional clothing for more than 3,000 years, and…

The Three Letters and Six Etiquettes in Traditional Chinese Wedding

By Jocelyn Neo| Epoch Times Staff In ancient China, a marriage ceremony is a solemn and sacred occasion. Hence, there is a custom of Three Letters and Six Etiquettes (三书六礼). It refers to the six steps that people follow in traditional Chinese wedding. But the steps have now been reduced to four, namely, Presenting the Wedding…