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SINGAPORE

Singapore does not have a national costume but it’s three main ethnic groups (Chinese, Malay and Indian)
each have their own traditional styles of dress that are used on certain occasions. The
elegant cheongsam or qipao as it is known in Mandarin will often be worn by Chinese women in
Singapore on their wedding day or during Chinese New Year celebrations.

For three weeks in June every year, the Singapore Arts Festival - which aspires to be an international arts
event with a distinctly Asian identity - brings together great local and overseas works and artists who seek
to inspire, challenge, surprise and entertain.

The fun kicks off with traditional village performances, where tribal and folk music, as well as dance
from all over the world are complemented by the glorious colours and tastes of ethnic crafts and
cuisine. With a programme of some 80 performances by over 30 foreign and local groups, the Festival
sets standards by introducing world and Asian premieres to the Singapore arts scene.

in which the principals met and decided to marry on their own—although the distinction has grown less meaningful over postwar decades as the proportion of miai matches has dwindled. but it has the advantage of giving the wearer a graceful and elegant deportment. JAPAN The kimono is the traditional dress of Japan. meaning arranged or resulting from an arranged introduction. In either case. and ren'ai. and the official documentation must be produced in order for the ceremony to be held.[1] . It is sometimes accused of being an impractical form of dress. marriages were categorized into two types according to the method of finding a partner— miai. Japanese wedding customs fall into two categories: traditional Shinto ceremonies. and it is worn nowadays on formal occasions. the couple must first be legally married by filing for marriage at their local government office. and modern Western- style weddings. Traditionally.

CHINA Cheongsam is a body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress for women. The dances cover a wide range. consisting of many modern and traditional dance genres. The best known Chinese dances today are the Dragon dance and the Lion Dance. and may be used in public celebrations. . rituals and ceremonies. Dance in China is a highly varied art form. also known in Mandarin Chinese as qipao. from folk dances to performances in opera and ballet.

and accessories. which is the correct name for the dance. and natural waves. Originating on the peninsula. The origins of Korean fan dancing are a combination of politics and religion. the movements themselves evoke natural phenomena. from the color and fringes of the peony-colored fans. Thecourt of the Cho-Sen dynasty was the basis for the intricate costuming and very precise movements. KOREAN Hanbok is a traditional clothing of Korea. hanbok as well as headgear. flowers. footwear. to the many formations that recall blooming trees. However. it has become one of the great ambassadorial art forms for Koreans around the world because the movement and color are stunning and captivating no matter what culture you are from. The two have combined to create Buchaechum. This is a list of Korean clothing including the national costume. .

. "Liwa" and "Fann at-Tanbura" are types of music performed mainly by Kuwaitis of East African origin. clapping. or a close fitting knit white cap. One or both ends of the gutra can also be placed backwards over the egal. Kuwait's seafaring tradition is known for songs such as "Fidjeri". White is usually worn in summer. a class of songs that accompanied many sailing activities. and a heavier red and white in winter. or gutra. The gutra is a square piece of cloth that is folded into a triangle and placed so that the ends hang down equally over the shoulders. KUWAIT The headdress of the Kuwaiti male consists of three parts. as are the "al-Nahma". a double circlet of twisted black cord. "Al Arda Al Bahariya" is a well-known Kuwaiti sailor song. First a gahfiya. drums and dances with earthen water jars. is worn. It is held in a place by an ogal.[16] "Fidjeri" is a musical repertoire performed traditionally by male pearl divers. from slipping. It prevents the main cloth. It involves singing.