In conjunction with racial harmony month, Culture Quest is an initiative by OnePeople.sg to raise awareness of our vibrant ethnic and religious diversity as well as commonalities amongst us.

The Culture Quest takes on a quiz format, which will run for four weeks, from 18 July to 14 August 2016. Each week, we will pose 6 questions which will create an opportunity for you to learn more of our various customs, practices and things which make us uniquely Singaporean. You stand a chance to win attractive prizes if you get all 6 questions correct for the week. Every week, lucky winners will be drawn. Results will be published on the website. So what are you waiting for?

Answers for Culture Quest Quiz 3 (1 August – 7 August 2016)

1.Answer: D. Unity

A Baha’i simply means a follower of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith. Baha’u’llah (1817-1892) is regarded by Baha’is as the most recent in a line of Manifestations of God that stretches beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Christ and Muhammad. The essential message of Baha’u’llah is that of unity. He taught that there is only one God, that there is only one human race, and that all the world’s religions have been stages in the revelation of God’s will and purpose for humanity.

2.Answer: B. 1965

On 9 August 1965, Singapore separated from Malaysia to become an independent and sovereign state. At a press conference announcing the separation, then Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was overcome by emotions and broke down. Singapore’s union with Malaysia had lasted for less than 23 months. The proclamation declaring Singapore’s independence was announced on Radio Singapore at 10:00 am on 9 August 1965.  Simultaneously in Kuala Lumpur, the Tunku Abdul Rahman announced the separation to the federal parliament. He then moved a resolution to enact the Constitution of Malaysia (Singapore Amendment) Bill, 1965, that would allow Singapore to leave Malaysia and become an independent and sovereign state. 

3.Answer: B. Peace be upon you

The Arabic greeting meaning “Peace be upon you” is the standard salutation among members of the Islamic community. The greeting is used whenever and wherever Muslims gather and interact, whether socially or within worship and other contexts.

4.Answer: A. True

The IRO aims to promote the spirit of friendship and cooperation among leaders and followers of different religions for the good of mankind. It also seeks to accord followers of different religions mutual respect, and provide them with assistance and protection so as to foster close cooperation within its membership for the common good of the community. Since its establishment, the IRO has been involved in many local activities and events, and has played an important role in educating the Singapore public about different religions. It also organises public exhibitions and regularly performs prayers at national ceremonies. Its members have also been involved in various state consultations and hearings regarding state policy.

5.Answer: C. Minority

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6.Answer: D. Good Friday

Good Friday commemorates the day Jesus Christ was crucified and is a solemn occasion. In Singapore, Good Friday is a public holiday. Churches have short morning services, remembering the significance of Jesus’ death.

References:
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/
http://www.onepeople.sg/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/www.onepeople.sg_images_Resources_AnnualReports_ar1314-contents.pdf
http://www.muis.gov.sg/
http://nccs.org.sg/

Answers for Culture Quest Quiz 4 (8 August – 14 August 2016)

1.Answer: D. All of the above

2.Answer: D. 10

Today, 10 religions are represented in the IRO. Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and the Baha’i faith are the religions represented under the IRO The leaders of these religious faiths work together in building peace and religious harmony in Singapore by organising inter-faith dialogues, joint prayers and inter-religious publications and events.

3.Answer: A. True

One of the oldest religions in the world from Persia, Zoroastrianism does not believe in reincarnation and fasting. The religion was founded by Prophet Zarthustra around 3000 BC, who was born in Azerbeijan near the Aral sea region and was a great Persian religious reformer. Zoroastrian religious prayers mainly emphasize on Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds. The Parsi Association in Singapore with a strong following of Zoroastrians was established and registered on 29 May 1954 The membership is open to all Parsi-Zoroastrians residents in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei.

4.Answer: C. South India

The Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre is an institution with more than 180 years of history. The centre is located at the site of the Nagore Dargah shrine, which was built between 1828 and 1830 by early immigrants from South India. The Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre in Telok Ayer focuses on the history of the Indian-Muslim diaspora here. Featuring storyboards and a multimedia display, visitors can learn about various aspects of the community’s history.

5.Answer: D. All of the above

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6.Answer: D. Building our Singapore of Tomorrow

This year’s theme, “Building our Singapore of Tomorrow”, seeks to galvanise and unite Singaporeans in the next chapter of nation-building. The theme inspires to look towards the future and celebrate that the Singapore of Tomorrow is here today.

References:
http://www.onepeople.sg/
http://iro.sg/
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_668_2005-01-04.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/5-things-to-know-about-the-nagore-dargah-indian-muslim-heritage-centre
https://www.ndp.org.sg/about-ndp/logo-and-theme/

Lucky Winners for Culture Quest Quiz 3 (1 August – 7 August 2016)

Thank you for your participation. Winners will be contacted by OnePeople.sg for details soon. 

  • Yu Ting

  • Choo Peck Hsia 

  • Kanthiah Valarmathi

  • Shanmugaiah Sendur Pandian

  • Hu Yue Qing

  • Chua Soon Yam

  • Lim Hai Kee

  • He Yue Zhu

  • Chua Ah Kiat

  • Chai Meng Meng

  • Choo Jui Sheng

  • Guat Teng

  • Kathryn Choo

  • Lexuan

  • Hazlinda Binti Jumaat

  • Corporal Karen Joy Basco

Lucky Winners for Culture Quest Quiz 4 (8 August – 14 August 2016)

Thank you for your participation. Winners will be contacted by OnePeople.sg for details soon. 

  • Nutan Pushpakant Shah

  • Cherie Chow Min Er

  • Leong Mei San

  • Juliza Binte Jamel

  • Masuda Chowdhury

  • Teng Wei Loon

  • Soh Hui Fang

  • Mok Cui Yu

  • Kang Yen Thiing

  • Bryan Chang Kin Hong

  • Lim Hai Kee

  • Loh Gek Zhi Mirabel

  • Lim Jun An Mervin

  • Foo Jia Fatt Louis

  • Ng Hwee Peng

  • Lee Chee Siong

  • Quek Siew Gek

  • Choo Peck Hsia

  • Han Yu

  • Subhashini d/o Aruthanan

  • Jessieca Chee May Joplin

  • Tay Yuan Ling

  • Arrow Chan

  • Lim Zong Wei

  • Peh Sea Seng

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