Heartening to see non-Chinese joining in CNY festivities

It was heartening to see Malay Singaporeans participating in the Chinese New Year festivities (Mosques join in spreading CNY cheer; Feb 15).

The significance of the Muslim community joining in the Chinese New Year festivities cannot be overlooked.

Chinese New Year is no longer a festival exclusive to just the Chinese, but also one where the non-Chinese and Chinese can celebrate together and learn more about each other's culture. Many of my non-Chinese friends posted pictures on social media of them celebrating Chinese New Year by having the reunion dinner and tossing yusheng with their families.

As we celebrated Total Defence Day on the eve of Chinese New Year this year, these efforts seem more significant and are worth applauding, for they reinforce the social and psychological pillars of Total Defence.

With increasing intolerance and religious extremism in the region, we should be glad that Singapore continues to be a place that practises racial and religious harmony.

This is something we ought to be proud of and not take for granted.

Chinese New Year is no longer a festival exclusive to just the Chinese... Many of my non-Chinese friends posted pictures on social media of them celebrating Chinese New Year by having the reunion dinner and tossing yusheng with their families.

Sean Lim Wei Xin

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2018, with the headline 'Heartening to see non-Chinese joining in CNY festivities'. Print Edition | Subscribe