Hari Raya-themed trains and buses spread festive cheer

The flower motifs symbolise the renewal of friendship and kinship, while the butterfly motifs represent endurance, change, hope and life.
The flower motifs symbolise the renewal of friendship and kinship, while the butterfly motifs represent endurance, change, hope and life.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Commuters on a Hari Raya-themed train travelling on the East-West Line on May 24, 2019.
Commuters on a Hari Raya-themed train travelling on the East-West Line on May 24, 2019.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - From Friday (May 24) to July 3, commuters can catch trains and buses decorated with floral batik patterns and motifs of flowers and butterflies, with vibrant festive greetings on the train floor.

The Hari Raya-themed trains and buses are a collaboration between the Land Transport Authority and public transport operators SBS Transit and SMRT, as well as the Kembangan-Chai Chee  and Geylang Serai wards under the the Marine Parade GRC.

There are five decorated trains - one for each of the five rail lines - and five buses - services 28, 70, 76, 154 and 197.

The flower motifs symbolise the renewal of friendship and kinship, while the butterfly motifs represent endurance, change, hope and life.

Similar festive designs can also be seen at the East-West Line platform at Paya Lebar MRT station, which is located near the Geylang Serai bazaar.

Commuters can enjoy the same visual elements at the transfer linkway at the Paya Lebar MRT Interchange. The Bedok and Boon Lay Integrated Transport Hubs will also be decorated.

The adviser to  the Geylang Serai ward, Professor Fatimah Lateef, said: "These themed trains and buses are important because they create awareness and subconsciously add to the spirit of celebrating among people, which contributes to racial harmony."