Over two nights on 19 and 20 February 2016, representatives from our church joined thousands at the annual street procession Chingay that was held at the Marina Bay area to celebrate the diverse cultures of Singapore.
Even the downpour on the first night could not dampen the spirit of unity at the parade which was attended by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Performers were all smiles and gamely donned ponchos over their outfits. President Tony Tan Keng Yam was the Guest-of-Honour at the parade on 20 February 2016.
On both nights, our church's chairman, Deacon Matthew Kang, together with other representatives from Singapore’s Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) presented a multilingual song which talks about the preciousness of harmonious relationships. Volunteers from our Chinese Ministry were part of the IRO contingent’s tambourine segment and cheerfully waved banners in support of unity among communities in Singapore.
In line with the Chingay theme “Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore”, we also expressed our love for Singapore through colourful light bulb-shaped “sky lanterns” that were hand-drawn by members of our various ministries.
The parade will be broadcast on television in 24 territories, and is expected to reach more than 30 million viewers across Asia.
The colourful and culturally diverse Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) contingent. Our Chairman Deacon Matthew Kang (front row, third from left) presenting a multilingual song with others on the IRO float.
A volunteer (in blue shirt) from our church participating at the parade.