Singapore’s Little India officiated its annual light for Deepavali 2020 with an official opening ceremony on October 3.
Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LiSHA) has organised the official light up as it has for many years, with the support of the Hindu Endowments Board (HEB).
Deepavali falls on 14th November this year as per the Hindu almanac and the light up will continue till December 6 2020.
Goddess Mahalakshmi, the goddess of wealth in Hindu mythology, features on the main arch at Serangoon road which also showcases elephants.
With peacocks at every few intervals the colourful light decorates the streets and welcomes visitors along Serangoon Road as well as on the Sungei Road junctions.
The festive lights around Little India, carrying the common theme of light triumphing over darkness, bring hope that Deepavali this year may bring happiness to all during these difficult times and was relayed LIVE on Facebook.
With the pandemic affecting celebratory gatherings and family visits, visitors can look out for other activities to enjoy Deepavali this year while observing social distancing in smaller groups. Community leaders too have come together with the temples and industry partners to support those in need during this trying period.
These activities include a virtual live retelling of Deepavali story in English on 7th November, 7pm in various spots across Little India, a virtual countdown concert on 13th November and a Rangoli Art installation on Hindoo Road made by artist Vijaya Mohan.
Visitors can also enjoy the Deepavali Festival Village online this year through LISHA’s Facebook page from 10th October to 10th November 2020 along with a Mega Deepavali Online show on 14th November 2020 from 10am to 12pm, featuring a new Deepavali community song which has been produced in Singapore along with other performances by local celebrities.
While Campbell lane is missing the crowds enjoying the festive market charm this year, many shopkeepers, merchants and businesses are organising e-bazaars so families can indulge in some festive shopping without leaving the comfort of our homes!