Deepavali (aka Divali)is considered a very important day of the Hindu calendar, and in Singapore is highly celebrated in an area known as Little India. It's a time for rejoicing and renewal for the Hindus and Sikhs. Lights play a unique part of this festival as it is believed that there are spirits of departed relatives who come back to earth and so the lights are the guidance for those wandering souls to their subsequent world. For the Indians, this festival is like a New Year celebration and all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. Deepavali celebrates the victory of goodness over evil and light over darkness.
Little India is adorned with a spectacular display of fairy lights, garlands of jasmine, and colorful arches to mark this festive period. People pour into the area for celebrations, sightseeing, and festive goods such as costumes, food, furniture, arts, crafts, and jewelries. In order to experience the excitement of the celebration first hand, we decided to do the same.
|Ella getting her Henna Tattoo|
|Traditional Indian clothing is colorful and graceful|
|And the more glitz and glitter the better!|
|Lexi loves her clinky bangles and beads too!|
Deepavali is one of Singapore's most important festivals because it is a time that helps harmonize people, promote goodwill, and share understanding through various ethnic groups.