Read about the origin, history and celebration of Diwali (Deepavali) in Singapore.
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Diwali in Singapore

Origin and History of Diwali in Singapore

There are different myths associated with Diwali and its celebration. Some of the popular stories linked to Diwali are the story of Narakasur, Vamana and Kali. But the most popular legend of Diwali is the story of Rama. According to this Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Laxman return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. In order to welcome their Lord, the people of Ayodhya lit lamps throughout the kingdom. Thus it is believed that during Diwali lamps are lit in the remembrance of Lord Rama.

Local name: Deepavali

Ways to celeberate Deepavali in Singapore

Diwali is one of the festivals that unites the people of Singapore irrespective of religion and nationality. Hindus celebrate Diwali with the twinkling light and candle decoration. These sparkling light effects create a beautiful appearance as the night draws in. As there are many Hindus in Singapore, the beautiful festive atmosphere surrounds every corner of the city. Little India, a culture neighborhood in Singapore, featuring various traditional and customary Indian items remains crowded during the festive season. Marking the importance of this festival most of public offices, organizations and schools remain closed on this day. On Diwali day Hindus prepare feast food and offer them to Goddess Laxmi. After special prayers, get-togethers and meals, people enjoy the evening by lighting sparkles as the crackers are banned in the city to avoid noise pollution. The traditions and customs associated with the festival vary from one family to the other but the celebration mood and the enthusiasm remains same everywhere.