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    Deepavali in Singapore


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     These images of Diwali celebrations in Singapore were snapped by iReporter MonikaKH in late October.

    She wanted to capture the vibrant bazaar and colourful street decorations that pop up around the Asian city-state as the festivities began.

    “Deepavali in Singapore is a great event visited by visitors and locals alike and not just Indians,” she says.

    The local markets sell all manner of “decorations such as clay candles, welcome banners and sweet cookies. There are also small statues of Indian gods, jewellery and incense sticks on sale. And of course saris, as all Indians dress in new colorful clothes on that day.”
    - eoghan, CNN iReport producer

    Deepavali in Singapore


    During Deepavali, the streets of Little India in Singapore burst with vivid colours, stalls are loaded with colourful knick-knacks and tasty foods. The event, also known as the festival of lights certainly lives up to its name here with bright street decorations and amazing fireworks. Indians look forward to this annual event with excitement and joy and everybody is out to celebrate.


    Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most important religious festivals for Hindus, tracing back to ancient India. Many legends are told about the origins, depending on the region, with some celebrating the return of Lord Rama after a 14-year exile and others commemorating the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king Narakasura.


    There are many details to the story and Hindus have devoted several days to celebrate Deepavali with the 13th of November, a public holiday in Singapore and many other countries, being the last day and the highlight in 2012.


    In Singapore, there are many events such as street bazaars, heritage exhibitions and fantastic performances that attract both locals and visitors during Deepavali.
    These are the top 8 events:
    1. Admire the main streets decorated with huge swans, peacocks, and lotuses.
    2. Visit the Festival Village at Campbell Lane with over 50 stalls selling traditional goodies.
    3. Hop on the Deepavali Bus for a fun ride through the colourful streets for SGD 3.
    4. Join the Heritage and Craft Exhibition and try to make traditional clay oil lamps.
    5. The Festival Bazaar with over 100 stalls is located opposite of Serangoon Plaza.
    6. The Heritage Village hosts live shows and cultural performances.
    7. Enjoy dance, songs and fireworks at the Deepavali Countdown Concert.
    8. Enjoy yourself at the Utsav Street Parade, showcasing India’s cultural diversity.


    Monika writes for My Destination Singapore (www.mydestination.com/Singapore) and the full article about how Deepavali is celebrated in Singapore as well as more photos, a video and more information about the events can be found on the website.




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