In conjunction with racial harmony month, OnePeople.sg is launching Culture Quest 2018. This quiz  provides you an opportunity to learn more about the unique traditions, practices and beliefs of our friends from different races.

Culture Quest will run from 9 July until 3 August 2018. Each week, there will be a set of 5 new quiz questions put up on our website. Get all questions right for the week, and you stand to be one of our lucky winners. Winners will receive prizes worth $10.

Results will be published on our website.

So, what are you waiting for?

Answers for Culture Quest Quiz 1 (9 July – 13 July 2018)

1. Which of the following is not a regular practice during major ethnic festivals?
a. Visiting relatives and friends
b. Donning new clothes
c. Lighting oil lamps
d. Having both sweet and savoury snacks

Correct answer: C – Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and Deepavali, which are key ethnic festivals in Singapore, all involve visiting relatives and friends, donning new clothes, and having both sweet and savoury snacks, but not necessarily the lighting of oil lamps.

Other options:
A – Visiting relatives and friends is common across key ethnic festivals in Singapore, such as during Chinese New Year or Hari Raya Puasa.

B – Donning new clothes is common across key ethnic festivals in Singapore, such as Deepavali and Hari Raya Puasa.

D – Having both sweet and savoury snacks is common across key ethnic festivals in Singapore, such as during Chinese New Year or Deepavali.

2. What are the two largest dialect groups of the Chinese Community in Singapore?
a. Hokkiens and Teochews
b. Hokkiens and Cantonese
c. Teowchews and Hakkas
d. Teowchews and Cantonese

Correct answer: A – Over time, many migrants arrived in Singapore from different Chinese provinces. By the late 19th century, the Hokkiens made up the largest dialect group and were mostly involved in trade, shipping, banking, and industry. The next largest group, the Teochews, engaged largely in agricultural production and processing. This remains true today.

Other options:

B – While Hokkiens are the largest dialect group, the Cantonese are considered the third largest group, after Teochews.

C – While the Teochew dialect group is one of the largest in Singapore, Hakka speakers are among the smallest dialect groups within the Chinese community.

D – While the Teochew dialect group is one of the largest in Singapore, Cantonese is generally not considered one of the largest dialect groups.

3. During Deepavali, which of the following are often considered as symbols to welcome goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) into the house?
a. Pineapple tarts and Jasmine Flowers
b. Kolam (chalk or colourful drawings at entrances of homes) and lamps
c. Pineapple tarts and Kolam
d. Jasmine Flowers and Vilakkus

Answer: B – Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, is said to only enter clean and well-lit homes, adorned with the required décor. Hence, kolams (chalk drawings at entrances of homes) and vilakkus (lamps) are often construed as symbols that welcome her. Today, many of these lamps have been replaced with colourful electric lightbulbs that adorn the entrances and indoor spaces of homes.

Other options:
A – While pineapple tarts are a multicultural treat enjoyed at Deepavali, jasmine flowers are not among the typical symbols to welcome Lakshmi.

C – While kolams are a common symbol to welcome Lakshmi into the house, pineapple tarts are not. They are, however, a multicultural icon enjoyed at Deepavali and many other key ethnic festivals in Singapore.

D – While vilakkus are a common symbol to welcome Lakshmi into the house, jasmine flowers are generally not considered as such.

4. When was the Singapore Silat Federation, also known as Persekutuan Silat Singapura (PERSISI) formed?
a. 1974
b. 1947
c. 1976
d. 1965

Answer: C – 1976

5. Eurasians could participate in many quintessentially “British” cultural practices. Which one of the following would be included?
a. Wedding ceremony
b. Birthday party
c. Family gathering
d. Afternoon tea

Answer: D – Being part of the British expatriate community’s social circle meant that Eurasians   often participated in many quintessentially “British” cultural practices, including afternoon tea.

Other options:
A – Many Eurasians were Catholic or Christian, similar to the Europeans in Singapore; however, they had some unique cultural ways to celebrate rituals across denominations, such as saving the bridal veil for their firstborn child’s christening robe.

B – Birthday parties weren’t among one of the more quintessentially “British” cultural practices adopted or adapted by the Eurasian community.

C – Family gatherings weren’t among one of the more quintessentially “British” cultural practices adopted or adapted by the Eurasian community. They are common across all ethnic groups in Singapore at various times of the year for key cultural celebrations.

All answers adapted from “The Singapore Ethnic Mosaic: Many Cultures, One People”.

Winners for Culture Quest Quiz 1 (9 July – 13 July 2018)

Congratulations to the winners from Culture Quest Week 1. We will be getting in touch with you.

  • Mohamad Azni Bin Abdul Ghani
  • Seenivasan Revathi
  • Hu Yueqing
  • Guat Teng Jessie
  • Choo Juisheng
  • Choo Le Xuan
  • Choo Li Xuan
  • Chua Soon Yam
  • Koh Kwee Hong
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