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The key objective of the cultural section of the Singapore Khalsa Association (SKA) is to focus and maintain a sense of cultural identity amongst Singaporean Sikhs and also to remind younger Sikhs of their rich and diverse culture. In line with the need to develop community bonding in Singapore, the SKA’s cultural troupe partakes in performances at a number of community and social functions.
The activities organised by the cultural sub-committee include the following:
Vesakhi Mela (Fun Fair)- Vesakhi Day is a key event in the Sikh calendar, commemorating the birth of the Khalsa Panth (the commonwealth) and a celebration of the Sikh cultural heritage. Whilst religious ceremonies are held in Sikh temples, normally on the 13th of April, the SKA spearheads the organisation of the annual Mela (fair). There are normally fun-filled hands-on activities and sports throughout the day. The cultural activities include the performance of traditional folk dances such as the vibrant “Bhangra” and “Giddha”. In addition, the various food stalls that are sell authentic Punjabi dishes and sweetmeats. To round up the evening, a Disco-Di-Raat has been incorporated in the last few years.
Lohri- This event celebrated by a newborn represents a grand occasion. At the SKA, this event is celebrated with traditional dancing and singing of folksongs (mainly by ladies) around a bonfire, which is the focus of Lohri. Usually, sweetmeats are distributed by the enthusiastic grandparents/parents of the newborn.
Teeyan- This is another women’s dance festival that is part of SKA’s cultural activities. Giddha is seen at its best when Teyaan is celebrated.
Dhol Lessons- The SKA provides the platform for dhol enthusiasts to understand and learn the dhol.
Singapore Khalsa Association actively promotes sports within the Sikh community by organising and sponsoring several sports events every year. These include
Young Khalsa is the Youth wing of the Singapore Khalsa Association (SKA). It was officially inaugurated by Professor S. Jayakumar, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law, in January 1997. Young Khalsa’s objective is to provide a platform for Young Sikhs to meet, interact and network among themselves as well as with other similar ethnic age groups in Singapore. At the same time, it aims to keep the Sikh community abreast of events and development in Singapore as well as to involve Sikhs in the mainstay of Singapore society.
Over the years, activities organised for the Young Khalsa have included:
- Dialogue Session with Assoc.Prof Yaacob Ibrahim, Acting Minister for Community Development and Sports and Minister for Muslim Affairs.
- Young Khalsa 4-A-Side Professional Football Tournaments.
- Dialogue session with Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam Senior Minister of State for Education and Trade and Industry. The topic was ‘The future of Singapore Education’
- Dhol lessons - there are two stages for the sessions, the basic and advance stage.