Programme

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

National Museum of Singapore
11am - 12pm

Discovering the Myths and Wonders of Chinese New Year

Sat, 24 Feb | 11am - 12pm | The Salon, Level 1 
Free. Register for the talk here

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, 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 activitiesto 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.

 

 

Family Time

Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore's history with your little ones with our Family Time Guide to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. On your journey, you will meet various historical figures as well as landmark objects in each phase of Singapore's history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we see today.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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