Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Deepavali


Today is a public holiday in Singapore to celebrate Deepavali or Diwali which is a major festival for the Indian community.
It is believed that Narakasura, a demon, ruled the kingdom of Pradyoshapuram. Under his rule, the villagers suffered a lot of hardship as the demon tortured the people and kidnapped the women to be imprisoned in his palace. Seeing his wickedness, Lord Khrishna set out to destroy the demon and the day Narakasura died was celebrated as Deepavali, the triumph of good over evil

Little India has been lit up with decorations for many weeks and has been very crowded  with people buying decorations for their homes from the temporary market stalls set up.
Deepavali is a colourful festival that is celebrated by Hindus and is also known as the festival of lights.  One important practise that the Hindus follow during the festival is to light oil lamps in their homes on Deepavali morning. By lighting the oil lamps, the Hindus are thanking the gods for the happiness, knowledge, peace and wealth that they have received. The Hindus consider Deepavali as one of the most important festivals to celebrate.

The rituals today include rising early in the morning to have an oil bath, which is an important feature of Deepavali. Hindus will be dressed in their new clothes on Deepavali. Most of the ladies would be in new silk saris or Punjabi suits of various bright shades. Many will  also pay their respects to the elderly and most families would go to the temple after having breakfast. Giving of gifts is also common as well as children playing with firecrackers to celebrate the festival. 



Deepavali street decorations in Little India




Deepavali street decorations in Little India




Deepavali street decorations in Little India







Decorations for the home in the temporary markets




Decorations for the home in the temporary markets





Decorations for the home in the temporary markets




Decorations for the home in the temporary markets




Bangles for sale



Fresh garlands



Sparklers and party poppers





Sweets are popular gifts





Mobiles with lots of bling




Elephants are often in the decorations



Traditional oil candle holders called diya




Saris on sale






Temple in Little India decorated for Deepavali





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