HARMONY GAMES 2015 – “REGARDLESS OF RACE OR RELIGION”

1. The Harmony Games is a highlight in the 2015 inter-faith calendar of activities. Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the National Steering Committee on Racial and Religious Harmony, seven apex religious bodies in Singapore have already taken turns at hosting the annual Harmony Games. This year, it is hosted by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore, and jointly organised by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD), Catholic High School and Guangyang Secondary School.

2. In its 8th iteration this year, the Games will be held on 7 February from 9 am to 3pm at three different locations. These include the Pavilion at the intersection of Bishan Street 11 and 13, Catholic High School and Guangyang Secondary School.

3. This year’s Games are also significant as it coincides with Singapore’s 50th birthday.The theme of the Games is “Regardless of Race or Religion” – a line extracted from our National Pledge, espousing the celebration of Singapore’s harmonious multi-religious and multi-cultural society.

4. The Games, designed to encourage and engender interaction and bonding among participants across the different religious communities, promise to appeal through a variety of games and activities.

5. Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information, is the Guest of Honour for the Games.

6. Quoting from Msgr Philip Heng, Vicar General for interreligious and ecumenical relations for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Singapore, also the Chair for the Organising Committee for Harmony Games 2015: “Singapore has worked hard to maintain harmony amongst our diverse racial and religious communities over the past 50 years, and this is cause for our celebration today. Indeed, this ‘joie de
vivre’ is aptly reflected in the Harmony Games 2015 logo,which captures the vibrancy of a community that is rich and unique in its different (ethnic and religious) traditions, yet reaching out joyfully at play together. Moving forward to the next lap of our national development, we should strive not just to maintain peace and harmony, but to work at deepening our appreciation and respect for our individual uniqueness, and seeing each as value-adding to the colour and richness of the tapestry of society and way of life.”

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