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"Deep" means lights and "avali" means a row, i.e. a row of lights. A five-day celebration, Deepavali is the most important festival in the Hindu calendar. The history of Deepavali replete with legends from the Puranas (holy hindu scriptures). The core theme of all these legends point to the classic truth; the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. Oil lamps are lit thanking the gods for happiness, health, wealth and knowledge within us. In Singapore this festival is widely celebrated by all the citizens, migrants, expatriates and visitors, under the umbrellaof One People, One Singapore. It is a Community Festival.


The countless varieties of sweets and savouries served during Deepavali symbolizes sweetness and happiness in one"s life. Not to mention a treat for the taste buds! These delicious sweets and savouries are also offered to deites. After traditional prayers and worship, the blessed food is served to the family and visitors.


Deepavali Festival Village at Campbell Lane & Hastings Rd 27 Sep to 01 Nov 2013


Buzzling with stalls offering colourful festive items, Indian ethnic wear, intricate jewellery, costumes, arts & crafts, sculptures, decorations, music, movies, books, spices, traditional sweet meats & tidbits, festive cookies, including a Heritage Village Just for you!


Deepavali Heritage and
Crafts Exhibition
27 Sep to 01 Nov 2013


A showcase of Indian Culture - skilled craftsmen will demonstrate and offer workshops on stone carvings and pottery making. Visitors can also gain an insight into the origins & traditions of the Indian Culture at the exhibition.Visitors will also have an opportunity to view an exhibition @ Hastings Road on "Our Forefathers and their Trades in Singapore'' which is in collaboration with the Indian Heritage Centre.


Deepavali Street Light-Up
27th Sep - 17 Nov 2013


The streets of Little India are transformed, with the start of the Deepavali festive season with stunning festive themes in lights and colourful decor. It stretches from part of Selegie Rd to the entire Serangoon Rd (from the junction of Sophia Rd to Lavender St) and part of Race Course Rd.


Deepavali Light-Up Tour
Sept 28th, Oct 4th, 5th, 11th Oct,
12th, 18th, 19th, 25th & 26th.
2013 Slots: 7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm
Pick Up / Drop Off Point : Little India Arcade


Visitors may learn about the origins Hop onto our bus tours to view the magnificent Deepavali Light-Up, dazzling in streamers @ Little India. Enjoy the scenic view of Little India during this Festive Season. Don't miss this chance to view the lightup in a way you have never seen before.


Weekend Cultural Programmes
Hastings Road & Kerbau Road
(Fri, Sat & Sun, 7 pm)

Performances by Dance and music groups from various associations, arts groups, local artistes and celebrities.


Radha Krishna
Hastings Road
05 Oct 2013, 3 p.m


To get into the mood of the festival theme, children and youths in pairs will dress up as Radha and Krishna modelling around Little India. Best dressed pair will walk away with attractive prizes. A great photo opportunity for visitors!


Family Challenge
Hastings / Kerbau Road
12 Oct 2013, 2 p.m


Parents, team up with children at this competition to discover the aspect of the Indian Culture, Food and Art, competing in 3 different challenges. The overall winning team will walk away with attractive prizes!

Deepavali Countdown Concert
01st Nov 2013

An open air concert will be held at Race Course Road on the eve of Deepavali, to usher in the Festival of Lights. Local and foreign celebrities will perform at this Gala Extravaganza which will be telecast live on MediaCorp’s Vasantham Channel. Deepavali will be welcomed with a splendid fireworks display, at the stroke of midnight to welcome Deepavali into Little India and to every Indian home.


The Amazing Race
Hastings Road
26 Oct 2013, 1 p.m


Teams will race to various destinations in search of ‘uniquely’ Little India items. The finding will take teams to a whole lot of places in Little India. The fastest team to complete with the least spending stands to win attractive prizes! Navarathiri Festival

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