When: 17 September to 12 November 2016
Where: Little India
Diwali (Divali, Deepavali) is a festival of juxtapositions: light and dark, good and evil, ignorance and wisdom. Held in October or November, Diwali began as an ancient Indian harvest festival and is closely tied to several influential Hindu gods. The word itself is derived from ‘avali’ (row) and ‘deepa’ (lamps) – the combination of which represents the rows of lights families place around their homes to symbolize the triumph of light over darkness. In Singapore, Diwali/Deepavali falls on 29 October 2016.
Being one of the most colorful areas in Singapore, there is never a dull moment in Little India. For the first time, giant fixtures like lanterns and 20m-tall peacocks will be placed along Serangoon and Kinta roads for visitors to take photos with from September 17 to November 12. The Festival Village on Campbell Lane and Hastings Road will be home to a shopping bazaar consisting of a mix of stalls offering Indian ethnic wear, costume jewellery, ornamental decorations, greeting cards, traditional sweets and delicacies, festive cookies, henna and more.
Besides the light up, visitors will also be treated to a medley of performances with music, dance and comedy at Clive Street every Friday and Saturday evening till October 28. Also, dance and frolic at the Arts Carnival with art and photo exhibitions, interactive art installations, art jamming and sand art sessions on Hindoo Road.
If you have yet to explore Little India, this would be a good time! Have a prata or two while you’re at it. Keep a lookout for the parrot astrologer and other traditional craftsmen, such as potters, who will be stationed outside the Indian heritage centre.
Little India is refreshingly diverse from other places you will find in Singapore. It can even make locals feel like a tourist.