Every year, Little India shines a little brighter for Deepavali, also known as Diwali. After all, it is the Festival of Lights, a celebration that symbolises the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.
This year, Deepavali falls on November 14, but the festivities have started early as the vibrant cultural enclave illuminates in a dazzling array of peacocks, lotus flowers, and oil lamps come nightfall – just as impressive as the Christmas lights in Orchard Road. The main centrepiece of the vivid-hued stretch, however, is Goddess Mahalakshmi. The Hindu goddess of wealth sits on a lotus flower atop the main arch in Serangoon Road, flanked by two majestic peacocks and elephants.
But just before the sun goes down, make your way to Poli @ Hindoo Road for the Community on Colours – Rangoli Art Installation, the brainchild of renowned Rangoli artist Vijaya Mohan who holds a Guinness World Record for the largest Rangoli in the world. The exhibition features designs created by members of various Voluntary Welfare Organisations. Both the light and art installations will run until December 6.
Typically, the Deepavali light-up is accompanied by a myriad of activities such as a countdown concert, heritage and craft exhibition, and festival village selling gorgeous decorative and festive items. However, due to the restrictions that scale back physical festivities, most of these programmes have been converted online for all to experience in the comfort and safety of their homes.