Dancers performing at a celebration of the Hindu harvest festival Pongal in Punggol Community Centre yesterday.
The four-day festival is traditionally held to give thanks for an abundant rice harvest, and is marked by the symbolic act of boiling rice and milk in a new clay pot till it overflows.
At yesterday's celebration, Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran took part in a thanksgiving prayer.
He also helped to fill a kolam - an intricate floor pattern made with coloured rice flour or other powders.
Some 500 residents from the Bedok Reservoir-Punggol area took part in the celebration, which included a demonstration of silambam - a weapon-based martial art from Tamil Nadu - and a short skit by local group Hougang Blossoms, detailing the importance and history of Pongal.
There were also kampung games such as hopscotch and an exhibition on festivals of Singapore.