The Lion dance troupes from the Zhoujia style go each year to Bright Hill temple for Qingming celebration to honor their founder. The Zhoujia is a special form of Lion Dance, which is very energetic, founded in Singapore, there are very interesting videos on the history of this martial art, coming from the south China King-Fu. Mister Li, in his 80’s is he current master and the son (or grand son) of the founder
The Qingming or Ching Ming festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day in English (sometimes also called Chinese Memorial Day or Ancestors’ Day).
The troupes gather at the bottom of the slope getting up to one of the temple courtyards (for those who do not know Bright Hill temple, it is a massive compound), they run up one by one up the steep slope (and very sunny last week).
The lion dancers perform around the yard at the sound of drums and pray as different shrines before ending before a table laid with offerings. They then move aside and align waiting for the other troupes to parade as well. A total of 6 groups were present this day.
Afterwards there will be some common praying to the ancestor, Kung-Fu demonstration , a full minute of full strength drumming and a final tour.
Not very easy to shoot action with the Hassie.
Small walk to Neil Road a few weeks back to check the intriguing architecture of the old abandoned St Matthews Church.
Most of the information here is taken from Remember Singapore a great site about things of the past in Singapore.
The original church was built in the 1890’s as a place of worship for the British sailors.
It operated though all the first half of the 20th Century, including the Japanese occupation during WWII.
In the late fifties, St Matthew’s embarked on a re-building plan of its main church building.
Designed with a distinctive Modern style, the new double-storey building consisted of a prayer hall on top of a large function room. It also possessed an unique vertically protruding roof that looked like a ship’s prow, and a tall concrete bell tower that was erected beside the main chapel.
The bell was removed sometime in the 2000’s.
Also, after the war, St Matthew’s Church carried out plans to, expand its premises, including the construction of a vicarage and a kindergarten was also built in the early fifties.
The new kindergarten was designed in simple Art Deco-style; it had a sloping roof laid with terracotta Marseilles tiles and timber windows with louvers.
Color pictures Leica M262 ; B&W pictures Leica M4 with Kotak TMAX 100.
Wide angle Summicron 28mmF2 Asph ; normal lens Summicron 50mm F2 type V
Ok these are the last pictures of Bukit Brown Cemetery, promised. Until I go back there sometime of course.
I forgot to mention that the pictures were taken the week after the tomb sweeping; a week were people go to the ancertors tombs, clean them and bring offerings. So on the pictures below you can see scent sticks and red candles.
A lot of offerings remaining at this place; candles and sticks of scent plugged in condensed milk cans.
Some Sikh guards guarding Chew Geok Leong’s tomb. Actually, a bit of google-ing and I learned there are more of those in the cemetery.
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: 80mm F2.8
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Scanner: Epson v500+Lightroom 3