Discover different ways of saying “I love you” at this exhibition
If you are looking for a new way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, take your date to the exhibition All Walks Of Love at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. The exhibition looks at love and its myriad expressions in Chinese Singaporean culture. Bonus: Its interactive installations and visually stunning backdrops will make for great snaps to remember the date. The exhibition is on until 28 Feb, and it is part of RE•MIX 2k21, a Chinese culture festival for youth.
Here are five exhibition highlights not to be missed:
Love for a new family member
These giant red eggs at the exhibition are a nod to the Chinese tradition of celebrating a baby’s first month by gifting eggs that have been dyed red to relatives and friends. The eggs symbolise fertility and they are dyed red for good luck and fortune.
Love for the childhood pillow
A corner of the exhibition recreates a child’s play area and pays homage to the chou chou, an affectionate term for one’s childhood pillow, blanket or plush toy. It is traditionally made by the newborn’s grandmother and gifted to the baby to provide security and comfort. One usually forms a deep emotional attachment with the chou chou and keeps it even after one has outgrown the item.
Love expressed as mundane questions
“Will you be back for dinner tonight?”
“Have you eaten?”
These questions flash repeatedly on an LED screen in a section on the exhibition. Commonly posed by Singaporean Chinese parents to their children, these are the parents’ way of expressing care and concern even when they don’t say “I love you.”
Love expressed the old-fashioned way
Take a walk down memory lane and discover old-fashioned ways of dating and connecting with loved ones. Before the age of smartphones, telephone booths were like portals, to keep in touch with loved ones separated by physical distance. And a sentimental lover would gift a bottle of red, heart-shaped saga seeds, painstakingly gathered from parks, to a significant other as a symbol of one’s love and commitment.
Send a love note
Don’t leave the exhibition without creating a postcard to express your love for someone dear to you. This activity station at the exhibition has stamps with designs that express different forms of love, from familial love to friendship and romantic love. Drop your finished postcard into a slot at the activity station and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre will mail them out at the end of exhibition.
Plan your visit to All Walks Of Love here.
(Photos: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre)