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Indian New Year celebration embodies nation’s unity: PM Lee

Indians of various ethnic groups on Saturday came together to celebrate the Indian New Year at Ang Mo Kio. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the event was an embodiment of its theme, Rhythms in Unity, as well as on a larger scale where everyone participates as one big Singapore family.

SINGAPORE: Rhythms in Unity was the theme for this year's Indian New Year celebration at Ang Mo Kio on Saturday evening, as Indians of various ethnic groups came together to celebrate.

Guest of Honour, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, said the event was an embodiment of the theme as well as on a larger scale where everyone participates as one big Singapore family.

Mr Lee said: "Singaporeans, new arrivals, people who are on permanent residence here, people who are on employment pass here, all participating in one big Singapore family... So that we feel that this is a place which is special, which belongs to all of us and where we all celebrate one another's festivals and happy events together."

The celebrations saw booths reflecting the different ways Indians celebrate the new year.

Mr Lee, who is also MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, participated in a South Indian painting style called 'Tanjore'.

There were also eating competitions and dance performances to keep guests entertained.

Organisers say this year's event is focused on integrating new citizens into Singapore.

The event is organised by the Indian Activity Executive Committee within the Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West SMC. It is the 10th Indian New Year celebration at Ang Mo Kio. 

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