About 2,000 people including religious leaders, mingled and had some fun at the 2015 Harmony Games hosted by the archdiocese.
Held on Feb 7 at three different locations in Bishan, the event included a soccer tournament, a telematch, a carnival, and a lunch attended by various religious leaders.
Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, was the guest-of-honour at the event.
Upon his arrival at Catholic High School, Mr Wong, along with several religious leaders, took shuttle buses to the carnival held at Bishan Street 11.
After visiting the different booths manned by volunteers and students of Catholic High, the religious leaders went back to the Catholic High School hall to have lunch.
The Harmony Games started in the morning with 260 people taking part in a soccer tournament and telematch held at the nearby Guangyang Secondary School.
Sixteen teams from various religious organisations battled to win the coveted title of champion.
For the telematch, 10 teams played three games – Dock Your Spacecraft, A to Z Rope, and Hole in the Bucket. They did their best to clock the fastest times.
Mr Wong presented the trophies and medals to the winning teams for soccer and the telematch during lunch.
Guests enjoyed a choir performance by students from the Canossian School for the hearing impaired, instrumental performances by two Catholic High School students, and a dance by Guangyang Secondary School’s dance troupe.
Archbishop Goh and Mr Wong also addressed the crowd.
Archbishop Goh spoke about the need for religious leaders to have “continual, open dialogue”, as well as to focus on “common goals” which would help to achieve peace and harmony.
Mr Wong said that more people were participating in the annual Harmony Games. He added that the reason why the games were established was to “develop better friendships”.
He added that maintaining racial harmony “depends on us working together, coming together”.
After lunch, Msgr Philip Heng, vicar general for interreligious relations, handed over the Harmony Games flag to Mr Tan Thiam Lye, chairman of the Taoist Federation Singapore. Mr Tan and his team will host the games next year.
By Lorna O’Hara