A truly Indian experience beckons you for Deepavali in Singapore

Fun and frolic are available in abundant measure as Singapore has gone in festive mood to celebrate the Festival of Light Deepavali on October 18. Take the free time of your weekend and immerse yourself in the festivities at Singapore as we guide you to the main places in the Lion City where you can imbibe a truly Indian experience. Stroll down the roads of Little India and get bewitched by the spectacular lighting. Do remember to take camera along with you to capture the alluring moments.

1. Deepavali Festival Village

You cannot miss India during Deepavali as the whole feeling of the festival has been beautifully replicated in the Deepavali Festival Village. It is replete with many stalls offering beautiful traditional Indian costumes, colourful costume jewellery, ornamental decorations and fragrant floral garlands.

You will have a complete enriching Indian experience at Deepavali Festival Village.
You will have a complete enriching Indian experience at Deepavali Festival Village. Photo courtesy: Twitter

For satisfying your hunger pangs, try savouring traditional sweet delicacies served to guests during Deepavali at numerous stalls. The ladies can try the henna art on their hands to get in the festive mood.

When: Till October 17, 11am to 10pm
Where: Campbell Lane and Hastings Road
Nearest MRT station: Little India

Little India: Photo-op

You can take wonderful photos at Little India.
You can take wonderful photos at Little India. Photo courtesy: Twitter

Little India virtually comes alive during the night. You can marvel at the spectacular display of the radiant light up magnificently lit along the Serangoon Road and Race Course Road. You can find brilliant peacocks and colourful elephants take centre stage. There is also Tusker’s Kingdom, where charming baby elephant statues can be found on the grounds around the Indian enclave. Remember to hashtag your posts #DeepavaliatSG2017.

When: Till October 31, 7pm to midnight
Where: Serangoon Road & Race Course Road
Nearest MRT station: Little India & Farrer Park

Deepavali eve street festival

Everyone is invited in the 'Let's Light-Up Little India' programme.
Everyone is invited in the 'Let's Light-Up Little India' programme. Photo courtesy: LISHA

There is a special ‘Let’s Light-Up Little India’ programme on the eve of Deepavali on October 17 at Little India where people are being invited to light an oil lamp and share good wishes with one another. The event will be organised at the POLI site on Clive Street.

During the afternoon, there will be fun activities and cultural performances by local and international artistes.

When: October 17, 4pm to 9pm
Where: POLI site, Clive Street
Nearest MRT station: Little India

Singapore Philatelic Museum

For Deepavali, Singapore Philatelic Museum is organising a special event where you can learn about Indian history, heritage, traditional games, art and even cuisine via beautiful Deepavali-themed stamps.

Singapore Philatelic Museum is organising a special event on the occasion of Deepavali.
Singapore Philatelic Museum is organising a special event on the occasion of Deepavali. Photo courtesy: SPM

The participant can also design and colour their very own stamp with festival-inspired motifs and create rangoli sand art to take home. While exploring various exhibits around the museum, look for clues and take part in a fun culture quiz to win museum tokens.

When: October 18, 10am to 7pm
Where: 23-B Coleman Street
Nearest MRT station: City Hall

Author
Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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