The Intrudo or “introduction” or “coming before” in the local Cristao language (a 16th century Portuguese dialect still spoken at the settlement at Ujong Pasir) was celebrated on the Sunday preceding Ash Wednesday on February 25.
This traditional event, before the start of Lent under the Roman Catholic season of fasting and penance leading to Easter Sunday on April 12, traced its roots to the coming of the Portuguese in 1511 and its 130-year rule over Malacca/Meleka.
According to Regedor (settlement headman) Peter Gomes visitors and tourists from Singapore sportingly joined in the fun. It was a time to get wet with buckets of water and garden hoses used to wet fellow residents, visitors and passers-by, who were caught out on the villages main street.
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