In Singapore we really are spoilt for choice when it comes to religious festivals. With so many communities living here side by side, the colourful festivals are a wonderful sight for anyone.
In the period between September and November we are treated to three ethnic festivals- Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, Hari-Raya which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and last but not least, the Indian Festival of Deepvali.
Deepvali is the most important date on the Hindu calender and celebrates the triumph of light over dark, good over evil.
Little India comes alive with spectacular lights and decorations, street stalls selling everything from traditional sweetmeats, saris, bangles and bindis, as well as a whole range of exotic handicrafts.
The kids love to have their hands hennaed with pretty designs, and to ogle at the colourful nic-nacs on display. An evening visit is not to be missed, although Serrangoon Road and the bazaar can become very crowded. Pop into one of the little restaurants for a cheap but delicious meal and soak up the atmosphere. You could be forgiven for thinking that you are indeed in India.

Deepvali Light-Up Switch-On ceremony
12 Oct '07

Deepvali Bazaar
12 Oct- 7 Nov
Deepvali Festival Village, Cambell Lane

Also check out Theemithi Fire Walking Festival- 2am, 20 Oct at Sri Mariamman Temple and "Utsav" Street parade, 2 Nov, 8pm, Race Course Road.

Singapore Tourism also organise various free walking tours, check out visit for details.


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