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Dragons, Drums and Dumplings

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has spent time in Singapore that the annual Dragon Boat Festival (also known as the Dumpling Festival or Duan Yang, which translates to Upright Sun or Double Fifth) is also a celebration of food. Eating, is of course, something of a national pastime (and one that I was very keen to embrace from the get-go!). But do you know why the Dragon Boat Festival that we celebrate today is so intricately linked to dumplings?


Thaipusam through Expat Eyes

There are some things in life that you simply have to do.  Witnessing Thaipusam first-hand is one of those must-dos. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai, in January or February.  The word is a combination of the name of the month and the name of a star known as Pusam which is at its highest during the festival.  It commemorates when the Hindu goddess of love, Parvati, gave Murugan, the Hindu god of war, a spear so he could vanish an evil demon. Last year, I really wanted to go take a look for myself. I researched where to go, charged my camera and went to bed early. Then I got up, got dressed – and just plain chickened out. I was uncharacteristically nervous and …