Peranakans usher in Year of the Monkey

There is a story of how to tangkap (catch) a monyet (monkey). Place some food such as kachang (nuts) or nasi (rice) in a coconut with a small hole in its side, Redemptorist Fr Eugene Lee told a delighted Peranakan crowd at the Church of the Holy Family.When the monkey’s hand goes into the hole, [...]

Peranakans celebrate New Year in traditional style

SINGAPORE – It was a night of colour and culture as nyonyas in sarong kebaya and babas in baju lokchuan descended on the Church of the Holy Family for the Lunar New Year Eve Peranakan Mass.The atmosphere was decidedly festive as four priests – Fr Damian De Wind, Redemptorist Fr Eugene Lee, Fr Valerian Cheong [...]


Hundreds of nyonyas and babas descended on the Church of the Holy Family for the annual Peranakan Mass to usher in the Lunar New Year on Feb 9.The event was a colourful affair as participants donned the sarong kebaya for women or baju lokcuan for the men.The Mass, celebrated by Frs Damian De Wind and [...]

Peranakan initiative raises funds for children’s centre

Performers at the Project Intan concert on Aug 21. Photo: BOB LEETeachers and students of Mandeville Music School recently donned Peranakan attire and put on a special concert in aid of children suffering from cancer.The performance was held at The Intan, a Peranakan museum in Joo Chiat, on Aug 21.The event was part of Project [...]

Funds for hospice from Peranakan evening

(Left) Peranakan songs that have not been heard for a while being played at the event. (Below) From left, Shireen Lim who helped with designing collaterals for the musical fundraising, Baba Alvin Yapp who organised this fundraising and Tay Kewei who played the ‘erhu’ and sang for the night too. Photos by www.PhotoInc.sgSINGAPORE – “Assisi [...]

Peranakan Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church

SINGAPORE – A ‘Peranakan Mass’ was celebrated on Easter Sunday at Blessed Sacrament Church with Fathers Gerardus Suyono, Albert Renckens and Alfred Chan as the main celebrants.The parish’s Peranakan Group has organised “Peranakan Masses” for the last 10 years.The Peranakan group began with Sister Geraldine Ee and six members in 1996. It recognises itself as [...]