The Boria Laughs at the Powerful, the Greedy, the Lecherous, the Losers – and at Each of Us

By Julia Tan

June 2019 FEATURE
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Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations are about kinship, strengthening ties – and food! Three childhood friends relate how they each celebrate Hari Raya – both at home and abroad.(Clockwise from top left) Boria Ria skit at the Botanic Gardens, 1970 – a rare scene when it was once performed in an open environment; Boria Padang Tambun, 1850; boria skit, Sungai Pinang, 1974; and Boria Highlanders, Hutton Road, 1920.“The Boria groups here can speak Hokkien. Most of them do because they were...

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Julia Tan

went to primary and secondary school at Convent Pulau Tikus before continuing sixth form at St. Xavier’s Institution; any other school was out of the question. She misses the fried rice at the school canteen, and laments the passing of the wan tan mee lady.