Solar New Year 2023
09:00am to 09:00pm - April 29, 2023

Join us for the 2nd edition of the Solar New Year festivities at Haw Par Villa!

We are back! With a bunch of fun activities that bring together the Burmese, Thai and several Indian communities right here in our quirky and eclectic park. Celebrate with them as they mark their New Year in their own unique ways.

1. Bazaar

Feast on Ethnic Food & Drinks! Explore Thai, Burmese & Indian cuisines and let your tastebuds do the travelling 😋

2. Workshops

Try something new! Engage in our hands-on, creative workshops and pick up a new skill or 2! 

Songkran Merit Making Experience & Photo Opp w/ Traditional Thai Dancers

Join us to usher in the Thai New Year with the quintessential merit-making and prayer to Buddha with jasmine fragranced water & flower petals. You will be accompanied by traditional Thai dancers as they teach you to recite prayers and pour blessed water at a Buddhist altar. Finish your Songkran experience by bringing home a picture with these dancers in their exquisite royal outfits.

Hot Wax Stamp Carving Workshop with Baisimu

In this 1.5-hour workshop, you’ll learn the mesmerising art of stone seal carving with a modern twist. You’ll be introduced to the tools and materials needed and taught the basic techniques to carve your own stone.

All materials are provided.

Henna Workshop with Indian Inks

Learn all about ‘cone’-trol and the 8 basic elements of a henna design. Bring home free goodies from the class! 

All material provided.

Miniature Clay Fruits & Vegetable Workshop with Anurak Thai Arts & Culture

Create lifelike fruits and vegetables using traditional clay molding techniques in this 45-min workshop!

Basic Muay Thai Self Defence & Techniques with Eminent Gym

Attend an exciting 1-hour Muaythai workshop and learnt the basic self-defence and techniques from master trainers.

3. Music & Dance Performances

Immerse yourself in a rich display of the vibrant cultures and communities from South and Southeast Asia.

All performances are FREE! 

12.30 – 12.45PM: “Bollywood” Performance 

3.30 – 3.45PM & 5.45- 6.00PM: Burmese “Yein” & ‘Court Ladies’ Dance 

1.00-1.15PM & 3.00-3.15PM: Thiruvathurakkali & Pandi Melam Performance

4.00 – 5.00PM: Combined Indian Drums & Bhangra Performance 

5.00 – 5.30PM: Muay Thai Wai Kru & Combat 

4. Special Discount for Hell's Museum

A 1-day only special! Enjoy Hell’s Museum at a special discounted rate of $14. 

Available for purchase in-stores! 

Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center. 

5. Solar New Year Blessings

To kickstart the Solar New Year celebrations at Haw Par Villa, we are organising Solar New Year Blessings.

The blessings will be conducted by



Phramaha Amnuay 

Wat Ananda Metyarama 

(Thai Buddhist Temple)


Sayardaw Siridhamma

Burmese Buddhist Temple


Venerable Dr K Gunaratana Thero

Sri Lankaramaya Temple 


Mr Selvamuthu Kumaran 

Sri Arasakesari Sivan Temple


Mr Charat Singh

Central Sikh Gurdwara

They will begin at the Parent’s Memorial, and then go on a procession around the park. All are welcome to observe and participate in the proceedings.


Date: 29 April, Sat

Time: 9am to 10.30am

Location: Parent’s Memorial

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