Singapore Soka Association Give Fiery Performance at National Day Parade
On August 9, in celebration of 47 years of Singapore's independence, members of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) staged a pyrotechnic performance at the National Day Parade on a floating platform in Marina Bay. The celebrations, themed "Loving Singapore, Our Home," was viewed by some 26,000 spectators including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam. This was SSA’s 18th consecutive appearance in the National Day Parade.
The 640 SSA members, after over four months of practice and dressed in red and gold costumes, began their performance just after sundown with a minute-long shower of sparks from their pyrotechnic torches. SSA's performance was guided by a Chinese saying, "A single spark can start a prairie fire." Referring to the SSA performers, choreographer and creative director of the show Fan Dong Kai said, "Coming from different backgrounds and occupations . . . they really embody the Singapore spirit." The show ended with the formation of the shape of a lion's head, the national symbol of Singapore representing courage, strength and excellence as well as resilience in the face of challenges.
[Adapted from articles in the August 17, 2012, issue of Seikyo Shimbun and the August 9, 2012, issue of, Straits Times; photos courtesy of SSA]