Celebrating Deepavali in Singapore

Deepavali in Singapore and throughout the world is celebrated amongst the Indians by a predomination of colourful lights display and decorative electric lighting fixtures in their homes. Shops and public places are also decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas.

Also known Diwali or the Indian festival of lights, Deepavali is about destroying the reign of darkness and illuminating life with lights, a symbol of hope and victory of good over evil. The name of the festival comes from the Sanskrit word dipavali, meaning an array of lights. According to a legend, Lord Ram was sent to live in the woods for fourteen years by his enemies. When he finally triumphed over them and was allowed to come home, his people celebrated the victory and greeted the hero by lighting rows of diyas in the streets.

“Regardless of the mythological explanation one prefers, what the festival of lights really stands for today is a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a religiously sanctioned celebration of the simple – and some not so simple – joys of life.”
~ Times of India

Diwali not only bears significance in the Hindu culture, but also among the Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists. It marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year according to the Lunar Calendar and is celebrated over five days, usually in the month of October or November. During the festival, people pray to Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth, light, prosperty and wisdom and God Ganesha, the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ or the ‘Lord of Beginnings’. Like the New Year festival in many other traditional cultures, Deepavali is also a time to refurbish and decorate homes and buy new clothes. Crackling fireworks, social gathering, gambling, buying and exchanging gifts, feasting and sharing of sweets and dried fruits are some of the most popular ways of celebrating the festival.

Deepavali is a national public holiday in Singapore.

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Happy Deepavali!


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During Deepavali in Singapore, the streets of Little India set to offer the authentic Indian cultural and festive experiences for the locals and tourists.


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Sometime between mid October and mid November, Little India on Serangoon Road during the Deepavali Light-up would be decorated with dazzling, colourful lights and eye-catching arches. Crowd-pulling festive bazaars and numerous cultural activities are also organized and held there.

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