Special edition: Singapore cultural highlight

This morning, we made our way to the Sri Mariamman temple in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown. An Indian temple in the middle of Chinatown we heard you say. Yep, that’s right. (Added post publish) And the only one IN the heart of a Chinatown in the world (the KL one is not IN the heart of Chinatown but at the edge).  It’s Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple too, dating back to 1827. Were we there to show you how to visit yet another free place in our red dot for foreign visitors?

Well…

Remember we “gate-crashed” a Korean traditional wedding last month? What if we were to tell you we did it again? And in Singapore! Oops we did it again…please don’t hit us one more time! hehe..

Nah.

We were attending the final rituals of a traditional wedding of Mel’s colleague.

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See how she smiles? It’s her day!

It is the culmination of a series of rites that a Hindu couple goes through as part of the marriage rituals.

To our India brethren, yes the ceremonies are not as elaborate nor as long. And like their Chinese and Malay countrymen (Suan: and countrywomen please. Mel: yes m’dm) the tradition had indeed become simplified in some ways. But nonetheless it exudes a uniquely Singaporean flavour whereby folks from all other ethnic and religious affiliations join in to celebrate the union of the love birds.

We wish them loving days for all time!

And just to give you a flavour of what the day was like, here’s a short clip of the bride’s procession streaming into the hall where the groom was waiting with the priest and family members. Enjoy!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

7 thoughts on “Special edition: Singapore cultural highlight”

  1. A couple of friends went to weddings in India and they said it was amazing!

    I almost couldn’t believe you had gatecrashed another event 🙂 but then I read on.

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  2. Hahaha! I love Britney Spears on you two. 🙂
    I have attended 2 Indian weddings, if I’m not mistaken. I can’t say much about the first one, of a work colleague, as we were there only for the “main” wedding, on Saturday. I think there’s a bit of a difference between a Hindu wedding and a Tamil one. My ex’s brother’s wedding was for 3 days. On the Friday, I think bride and groom do stuff separately but part of the wedding ceremony or rites. The groom’s side even went to the bride’s home and “stole” stuff when they left – some tradition. Interesting indeed. I had to have 2 or 3 different outfits, too.

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  3. What a beautiful wedding! I love the colourful saries. I was able to attend one of bff’s wedding in Penang a few years ago. It was an Indian wedding too. Thanks for sharing this cultural piece guys! 🙂

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it and hope it brings back memories.
      The Singaporean version of tradition is indeed truncated or shortened in some ways given the combination of constraints of city living and busy lives!

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