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Published September 29th 2017
Deepavali, one of major festivals celebrated annually by Hindu devotees all over the world, is coming soon. The festival marks the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
Here are 10 reasons why you should visit Little India this festive:
Be Awed by Deepavali Street Light Up
Head to Little India, where the streets from Serangoon Road to Race Course Road are transformed into a fantasy world of colourful arches and stunning lights. It will end on 12 November.
Deepavali Street Light-Up. Photo courtesy of LiSHA
Participate in Let's Light-Up Little India Event All are welcome to light up coloured lamps as one community on 17 October from 4pm to 9pm. Enjoy a day in the festival potpourri of musical performances by local and international artists at POLI site, Clive Street.
Let's Light-Up Little India. Photo courtesy of LiSHA
Learn the Heritage and History of Indian Royalty through Deepavali Art Exhibition All visitors could have the rare opportunity to experience the rich history of Indian royalty through art. The Treasures of Indian Royalty exhibition is held at Hastings Road from now until 17 October.
Assorted Indian Sweets and Festive Goodies. Photo courtesy of Bikaner Express
Shop Till You Drop Shop till you drop at the Deepavali Festival Village! Many things to see, buy, and eat such vibrant Indian ethnic wears, intricate costume jewellery, ornamental decorations, Indian traditional sweets and festive goodies such as Mithai and Kesar Peda, Henna, flower garlands, and Rangoli. It's located along Campbell Lane and Hastings Road. Opening hours are from 11am to 10pm. It will end on 17 October.
Visit also many shops in the vicinity for gold and silver accessories, fabrics, antique-looking home decorations, souvenirs, food and beverages, and more.
Have Wefies and Selfies for Your Sweet Memory Bring your memory home by snapping pictures at Photo Taking Points located between Serangoon Road and Kinta Road and Tusker's Kingdom at POLI site at Clive Street and grounds at Little India. These sites are open to the public until 12 November.
Visit permanent galleries of Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) to get yourself introduced to Hinduism, Indian's cultures, migration of Indian forefathers to Singapore and how their roles evolved, as well as famous Indian personalities in Singapore. It's free entry for citizens, PRs and all children below 6 years old. Admission prices start from $4. For more information, click here for its operating hours.
Singapore's newly minted first female President, Halimah Yacob, visited Little India and toured at IHC on 20 September 2017. Photo courtesy of LiSHA
Be Mesmerized by the Beauty of Indian Traditional Music Music plays s crucial role in Indian arts and culture. Be entertained by a medley of sounds of Indian folk percussion instruments at IHC from 10 to 13 October between 2pm and 3.30pm daily.
Join the Free-Guided Tour In this festive edition of Little India Heritage Trail, the docents will go in-depth perspective into the historical and cultural precinct of Little India. The tours will be conducted on 14 and 15 October at 2pm, 5pm, and 7pm.
Mural Painting in Little India. Photo courtesy of LiSHA
Soak in the Deepavali Festive Mood
Watch the Silver Chariot Procession on 9 October 2017 for free and join in the crowds for the procession.
Get a glimpse of rangoli on the floors of various shops in the vicinity. It's a decorative item made of coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals which is thought to bring good luck.
Silver Chariot Procession. Photo courtesy of LiSHA
Challenge Your Creativity Through Art & Craft Workshops
Visitors could try their hands making flower garland, rangoli, Indian traditional Tanjore painting, or cooking demonstration for free at IHC. For registration, please check out Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage Association's (LiSHA) Facebook page. The events are organised by IHC in collaboration with LiSHA and Singapore Indian Development Association.