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