Deepavali, “row of lights” in English, is the most important festival in Hinduism, celebrated by the Hindus community across the world. The Singapore festival is held in Little India, the home of the Indian community. Deepavali is a celebration where good defeats evil and where light replaces darkness.. different legends run around this festival of lights, one states Lord Krishna killed the tyrant Narakasura, and since it was complete darkness people lighted lamps to welcome Lord Krishna and the tradition continues, another legend tells Lord Rama returned from his fourteen year long exile and vanquished the demon-king Ravana and the people celebrated of by lighting oil lamps.
Deepavali also marks the end of the harvest season in most of India and some businesses start their financial year on that date as it brings good fortune.
During the festive week end, the main road of Little India is artfully decorated with many colorful and bright lights, street decorations and fireworks, giving the place a vibrant and powerful atmosphere! Traditional and culture activities, street parade, concerts and impressive bazaars with traditional clothing, saris, oil lamps, fragrant flowers, jeweleries.. will take place. Indian art and crafts will also be on sale, as well as many Indian delicacies.
The historically rich Indian enclave welcomes those who wish to be delighted by the richness of the Indian culture and the taste of its wonderful specialties.
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