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Singapore Philatelic Museum holds exhibition on Chinese festivals

By David Teo, Channel NewsAsia
08 February 2007 1743 hrs

SINGAPORE : The Singapore Philatelic Museum is holding a year-long exhibition on the origins and practices of Chinese festivals, from 8 February 2007 to 31 January 2008.

The exhibition is called "Spring Flowers and Autumn Moon", and traces the various Chinese customs through stamps.

Enthusiasts can also look forward to the latest Year of the Pig stamp, which the Museum said would be the last issue in the series of zodiac animals.

Stamps from countries such as China, Bhutan, Japan, Australia and the US are also displayed at the exhibition.

Besides the entertainment value, there is also the educational aspect of the stamps.

Chua Mei Lin, Assistant Curator, Singapore Philatelic Museum, said, "The main reason is to explain to people why we do some of the things that we do during Chinese New Year. For instance, why do we purchase new clothes, why do we do spring cleaning and have the kind of special food that we eat during Chinese New Year." - CNA/ms

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