Now, let’s get this cleared up once and for all – Deepavali is not ‘Indian new year’. Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, or light over darkness. There are different tales surrounding the origins of Deepavali, but across the board, it involves the defeat of a demon by a deity. For South Indians, the story surrounds the battle between Lord Krishna and demon king Naraka, while for North Indians, it’s Lord Rama who defeated the evil Ravana.
Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an annual religious celebration for Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains in Singapore. For those still uninitiated, here's a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about the occasion, from its origins, how it's celebrated, and where you can get in on the fanfare regardless of your background. We've also put together a little cheatsheet on how to be a good house guest if you've been invited to a friend's Deepavali open house for the first time.