What’s happening in Little India this Deepavali 2020?
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What is Deepavali and when is it celebrated?
Deepavali or Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism and is also known as the Hindu Festival of Lights. It is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.
This festival greatly symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness, the triumph of good over evil, and the winning of knowledge over ignorance. Celebrations for this official holiday usually last five days and takes place during the Hindu Lunisolar month, Kartika, which is between mid-October and mid-November. Deepavali 2020 takes place on November 14.
How do people celebrate Deepavali?
There is a lot of preparation involved in the lead-up to Deepavali. Celebrants will clean and renovate their homes and workplaces. They will also decorate their homes with brightly lit diyas, colourful and meticulously decorated oil lamps, and rangoli, stunning patterned art on the ground made by various vibrant shades of quartz powder.
On the first day of Diwali, people celebrate joyously by wearing their finest clothes. Celebrants offer puja, a form of worship ritual, to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of prosperity and wealth. Fireworks are lit, and everyone partakes in lavish feasts with their loved ones, where a great selection of mithai (desserts and sweets) are shared. There is also a culture of exchanging gifts among family and friends during this jovial time.
Deepavali for Sikhs
Deepavali is especially important to the Sikhs as it celebrates the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind’s release from prison along with 52 other princes in 1619. According to the Sikh tradition, Guru Hargobind and the 52 princes were imprisoned by Emperor Jahangir, who viewed the increasing Sikh power as a threat. Eventually the Emperor agreed to release Guru Hargobind. However, Guru Hargobind refused to leave unless the other princes could be released too. The Emperor agreed, but only on the terms that those who could hold his cloak tail could leave. Fortunately, Guru Hargobind had a cloak made with 52 pieces of string. The princes were able to hold onto one string each and depart.
To this day, the Golden Temple is lit to commemorate the return of Guru Hargobind.
What should I expect to see in Little India this September, October and November?
If you want to get a true taste of the Deepavali spirit and fun, you can’t miss out on a trip to Little India, right here in Singapore! Home to traditional Indian restaurants, busy streets filled with must-visit shops, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and the ultra-hip Jalan Besar, it’s the perfect place for diving into the rich culture of Deepavali celebrations.
Due to the nature of this festival, lights are a main theme. A light up ceremony followed by a grand street parade with dancing and drama commences the celebrations. If you’re someone who enjoys taking selfies, the Deepavali street light-up should definitely be on your to-do list. The stunning decoration and vibrant lights will mesmerise you and leave you with many sparkling memories to take home.
Once you are in Little India, you simply cannot miss out on its amazing food! Get a true taste of traditional Indian cuisine at the local restaurant and be sure to try out the curry that will delight tingle your taste buds.
Shopaholics will love Deepavali Festival Village, a shopping venue where you can be dazzled by the spectacular décor, try out lip-smacking cookies and purchase colourful apparel that is perfect for the celebrations.
Don’t miss out on the festive fun – pay Little India a visit!