Little India is awash in color and bustling with activity in preparation for the Deepavali celebrations this weekend.
|CN PHOTO: Michael Chan|
As the epicenter of the Indian community in Singapore, Little India sees the annual festive buzz in anticipation of Deepavali on Nov. 5. The festive street lights was lit a month earlier on Oct. 7 amid cultural performances and appearances by participants from the popular reality show Dhool. On Oct. 30, the UTSAV Deepavali Street Parade featuring native Indian performance art took place at Race Course Road. It was performed by various ethnic groups.
Leading up to the day of celebration on this weekend were also month-long heritage and craft exhibitions at the Deepavali Festival Village along Campbell Lane, where traditional craftsmen displayed their delicate workmanship in the form of intricate Indian crafts. The Deepavali Bazaar, also on the same stretch of the road, saw people stocking up ethnic wear, festive foodstuff and other knick knacks.
Temple traffic swelled with the streaming in and out of worshippers, women were espied measuring themselves for new saris, and barber houses did brisk businesses. For those wishing to soak up the atmosphere of the Indian community’s largest celebration of the year, there’s no other place to be indeed.