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Tying the Knot: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Wedding Customs

In ancient China, a marriage ceremony is a solemn and sacred occasion. Michelle Neo, the co-owner of Chinese Wedding Shop, happily shares her knowledge with anyone who steps into her retail stores. “We will try to explain to them all the customs, all the cultures and everything they wish to know even before they buy

One of the most popular Tang-style dresses –“Qi Xiong Ru Qun (齊胸襦裙)”, in which the short shirt jacket is tucked inside the skirt, and the skirt is tied very high up on the chest and under the armpits. (Designed by Zhaoqing Wang, NTD Global Han Couture Design Competition) (Edward Dai/The Epoch Times)

Singapore Han Cultural Society: Reviving Chinese Han Couture (Hanfu)

Chinese people are called “hua ren” (華人), but do you know that the word “hua” (華) was derived from the beautiful clothing worn by the Han Chinese? Many people assume qipao (cheongsam) to be the quintessence of traditional Chinese dressing, but qipao is actually the traditional clothing of the Manchus, not the Chinese. The Han Chinese – the largest ethnic

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How Honest Are You?

You might’ve heard the axiom that ‘honesty is the best policy’, and that it’s important to be truthful in our daily lives. So, what would you do if you found a wallet on the street? Would you keep it, or would you return it to its rightful owner? In July 2016, a Japanese expatriate was


In a World of Deceit: My Encounters With Dishonesty

These infuriating brushes with swindlers dampened my trip in Vietnam. With a sceptical mindset, I grew more wary and began to distrust the people around me. Wouldn’t it be great to be living in a society where people are truthful and sincere? Sincerity and trustworthiness are traditional moral virtues revered by several societies and religions.


The Significance of Truthfulness: The Basis for a Nation’s Survival

Sincerity, trustworthiness and honesty among people create peace of mind and promote relationships of trust. These values form the foundation of a sustainable, peaceful and harmonious society, and constitute the basis for a nation’s survival. In this series, Epoch Times delves into the significance of truthfulness. Why Do You Think Truthfulness Is Important? “Some people cheat


The Value of Arts and Culture: Opinions From Singaporean Artists and Musicians

Remember an instance when an artwork or music piece touched your heart? Or perhaps it was a movie or dance performance that stirred your soul? As American novelist Thomas Wolfe once said, “Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.” Expansive and expressive, the arts encompass performing, visual, literary, applied, as well as


Compassion and Kindness

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. – Plato What Do Singaporeans Value? According to a joint survey conducted by aAdvantage Consulting Group and Barrett Values Centre, out of a list of 10 core values, Singaporeans respondents picked ‘compassion’, ‘caring for the elderly’, and ‘caring for the disadvantaged’ as the most

A lot of the selfishness that we see in society today could possibly be attributed to early childhood education by parents. (Photo credit: istock)

Good Values for Kids : Inculcating Kindness to Our Young

“The smartest kids, they work so hard in all these classes and they don’t have a lot of time along the way to build their emotional or character competencies. Kids who are competent, but don’t have character, are dangerous.” – Houston Kraft, professional speaker, leadership consultant and kindness advocate We are often selective in showing kindness;


The Loyal and Valiant Yue Fei

Yue Fei ( 1103-1141 ) was a general and military expert who lived during the Southern Song Dynasty. He was well-known for mounting a successful defence against the Jin (Jurchen) invaders during that time. Regarded as a Chinese hero, Yue Fei has been deeply respected for his loyalty to his country. While leading the northern

Indian Buddhist Monks Who Travelled to China Before the Tang Dynasty

Thanks to the famous novel ‘Journey to the West’ (西游记), the names of Tang Seng (唐僧) and his three disciples – Monkey King Sun Wukong (孙悟空), Pigsy Zhu Bajie (猪八戒) and Sha Wujing (沙悟净) – have been made known to many. Can you still recall how Tang Seng and his three disciples encountered dangerous situations

Are We Hoodwinked Into Sexual Promiscuity?

Today, society is so hypersexualised that we can’t turn on the radio or watch a movie without being inundated with sexually suggestive songs or bed scenes. But do you know that sexual promiscuity is destroying people and humanity by deconstructing the institutions of marriage, family and morality? Where did all of these begin? For the

Tips From Confucius on Living a Harmonious Family Life

Let’s do a quick survey. Turn around and ask your friends, family members or just yourself: “Who is Confucius? What are Confucian family values? Do you consider them restrictive and outdated?” Probably, most of us will equate Confucian family values to filial piety (孝顺) or a set of strict family tenets—which is quite a big

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Poetry Has A Power To Inspire Change Like No Other Art Form

Culturally, poetry is used in varied ways. Haikus, for example, juxtapose images of the everyday, while lyric poetry expresses the personal and emotional. Similarly, poets themselves come in a range of guises. Think of the Romantic poet engaging with the sublime, the penniless artist in their garret, the high-brow don, the bard, the soldier on

Ten Photos That Changed How We See Human Rights

Nearly 70 years ago, in December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At this time, the UN’s cultural arm, UNESCO, sought to harness the “universal language” of photography to communicate the new system of human rights globally, across barriers of race and language. UNESCO curated the ground-breaking “Human Rights Exhibition” in

Lantern Painting Competition at the Mid Autumn Festival in Chinatown Singapore, on 30 August 2014. (Epoch Times)

Connecting Full Moon With Family

By Vibrant Dot Staff The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, or Zhōngqiū Jié (中秋节), is also known as the Mooncake Festival. Each year, it is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, when the full moon is said to be at its brightest and closest to Earth, and therefore at


Uniquely Filipino Souvenirs and Gifts: True Pinoy Goods

The Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards for 300 years and is currently very much into Western culture. Hence, the Filipino way of life is a colorful mix of Malayan, Spanish, Eastern and Western influences. If you want the best Filipino souvenirs and gifts, you need to go to a specialized shop. If a website

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Book Art: When Literary Art meets Visual Art

One of the most upsetting things for book lovers is to see a book being mutilated. Book vandalism includes but not limited to defacing, slicing and removal of pages. To many, intentional destruction of book is disturbing but what if it is done for the sake for art creation? Let’s take a little tour around

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