Stage at the centre of Ubin Town has had a colourful history. At one
time, before a school was set up in Ubin
by the residents, it was a classroom for the kids of Ubin. Even today,
the stage is the focus of other major events on the island.
The Wayang Stage comes to life during celebrations of Tua Pek Kong's birthday and the Chinese Seventh
Lunar Month or Hungry Ghost Festival. During the Hungry Ghost Festival, the Chinese traditionally believe
that the gates of Hell are opened allowing spirits to
roam among us. To appease the spirits, especially those who are lonely
and have no living relatives, various traditional activities are held.
"Hell Money" is burnt and offerings of food and other items
are left as gifts for the spirits. Wayang or Chinese opera performances
are held, with empty seats left at the front for the spirits.
In Ubin, these traditions are very much still alive. Open air authentic wayang
performances are held at the Wayang Stage as part of traditional beliefs. In recent years, a geitai show is perfomed on the final night. These are
NOT a special performance put up for the public, but a part of the
way of life of Pulau Ubin. Here is a chance to take part
in an increasingly rare tradition. Take a bumboat there and enjoy what may be the
last of these performances. Here's a little
posting I did on the NDP moblog about this event.
The Wayang Stage in Ubin Town.
The temple that managed the Stage.