Deepavali is the most important festival in the Hindu calendar. Known as the festival of lights, it is the celebration of good over evil and light over darkness.
There are many legends attributed to this festival that have been passed down through the generations and out of all legends, the main one is the story of Rama and Sita. Lord Rama, the eldest son of Dashratha, the King of Ayodhya, was exiled for 14 years. After the exile, in which he had put an end to the evil demon Ravana of Lanka, Rama returned to Ayodhya with his wife and brother, and was welcomed by the people with rows of clay lamps that lit up his path. The lit lamps was a celebration of his triumph over evil.
In keeping with the tradition, oil lamps are lit during Deepavali in Indian households throughout the world. And if you are in Singapore, you can take part in the festivities by visiting Little India. This year the festival falls on 13th November and Little India is all decorated for the festivities. Streets are lit up with dazzling lights and streamers and it is an explosion of festivity and vibrant colours all around.
There are also a variety of festive bazaars and cultural activities taking place during this period. One can find all kinds of traditional goodies like flower garlands, oil lamps and colourful Indian costumes here. The bazaars are very popular among people looking for traditional decorations or just soaking in the festive atmosphere.
Another event is the UTSAV Deepavali street parade, the biggest arts event in Little India. Taking place on Saturday, the 17th of November at Race Course Road, this event promises to be a wonderful display of Indian dance, music, culture and traditions.
So take a trip down to Little India, the heart of Deepavali, and bask in the unique culture of the Indian community and join in their celebrations!
Getting there from Capri by Fraser
From Changi Expo, travel along the ECP all the way till Exit 15, and exit out onto Rochor Road. From there, head to Rochor Canal Road then turn right into Serangoon Road.
If you’re going by public transport, just exit from Little India MRT station along the North East Line.
From all of us at Capri by Fraser, we wish everyone a Happy Deepavali!