Deepavali Open House

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Photograph: Indian Heritage Centre
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Photograph: Stanley Chee
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Photograph: Lawrence Lee

Time Out says

The five-day Festival of Lights is just around the corner. Starting on November 4, millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world will celebrate the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. This Deepavali in Singapore, the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) opens its doors once again with Welcoming Light, presenting a variety of cultural activities and a mini light-up installation to mark the occasion. 

From now till November 14, visit IHC to check out a mini replica of the street light-up along Campbell Lane. A decorated stairway, peacock arch and rangoli floor stickers form a festive backdrop to your Deepavali #OOTD post. During this period, redeem some limited edition money packets too – all you have to do is follow IHC's social media pages and upload a photo of yourself at the centre with the hashtag #IHCDeepavali.

More exciting still are a variety of free drop-in activities and workshops. Learn how to craft paper lamps, create intricate rangoli and kolam designs, and put together colourful paper garlands. Take in the sights and sounds of Little India as it works up a buzz during Deepavali too, with a 15-minute trishaw trail around the precinct. 

Those who wish to take part in the festivities from home can tune in to online offerings that delve into the cultural practices and traditions of Deepavali. These include a specially commissioned short film that follows a family as they immerse themselves in Festival of Light celebrations, and various videos exploring the Festival of Light's origins, fun facts, and the evolution of Singapore's annual street light-up. 

For more information, visit indianheritage.org.sg or IHC's Facebook page. Otherwise, sign up for IHC's Deepavali Open House activities at ihc-programmes.peatix.com

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