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Nov 28, 2013

Silent Night, Holy Night ... Baah, Ba, Baa, Bah

What were those sheeps doing at the steps of the City Hall in Singapore on 24 December, 1951 (Christmas Eve)?

These archived photos curated on this "bloglet" about Christmas celebration in Singapore over 50 years ago, to share our collective memories of Singapore.  With thanks and acknowledgement to the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) posted here.

According to the NAS description:

The neighbourhood of the Singapore City Council Building (now the City Hall) suddenly became like old Bethlehem soon after midnight on Christmas Eve as a flock of about 400 sheep blended their "voices" with those of a thousand carollers during the Singapore Christian Youth Council's carol rally.

In the 1950s, the venue for Christmas celebration was held at the City Hall steps, not at Orchard Road.

Many decades later, Christmas carolling was extended from homes, churches and then to the streets in public for everyone (Christians and non-Christians) of every ethnic groups of Singaporeans in praise of peace and joy for all mankind.

The Christmas Choir at Specialist Centre at Orchard Road in 1975

Lets listen peacefully and with joy to "Silent Night" by the Winchester Cathedral Choir on YouTube (without the sheeps for carolling  ; )


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