Little India Deepavali Light Up 2017

Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017 – Oct 16, 2017

Originally intended to write this post on this year’s Deepavali festive light-up right after my Mid-Autumn festival ones, but was unfortunately ill for a fortnight, on top of being swarmed with office work. (Thus the lack of posts since early October, excuses, excuses!) Finally made my way there last night before the big day is over and gone. Here are the photos from that brief, one-hour visit.

Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017
My usual “because I got there before dark” early evening shot. Love this showpiece, by the way.
Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017
This was taken around 6.30 pm. You can see how crowded the streets already are.

Like the Mid-Autumn and Geylang Serai celebrations, the Little India Deepavali light up is one of the major ethnic festive celebrations of Singapore, hosted yearly at the southern end of Serangoon Road. For a brief period between 2012 and 2014, when I was involved with some community work, I visited the light ups pretty regularly, and without fail, was always fascinated by the vibrant mix of colours, smells and sounds. Anyhow, while waiting for nightfall this year, I decided to try elbowing my way into the festive market at Campbell Lane. This ended up not that great an idea, the alley was positively choked full of people. I barely covered a third of the market forced to retreat.

Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017
Garlands on sale.
Henna Painting at Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017
Henna Painting at the entrance to the festive market.
Henna Painting at Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017
Gorgeous, isn’t it? It feels very … 3D.
Little India Deepavali Festive Market 2017, Singapore
Oil lamps on sale.
Snacks on sale at Little India Deepavali festive market 2017, Singapore.
Festive snacks. I couldn’t get close enough to the stall keeper to get samples. 🙁
Statue of Saraswati on sale at Little India Deepavali festive market 2017, Singapore
Erm, I believe this is Lady Saraswati, Hindu Goddess of Wisdom. There were many objects for veneration on sale. (In Japan, she’s worshipped as Benzaitian, one of the seven lucky gods.)

Giving up, I went over to Tekka Market and Food Centre. It was almost as crowded. And equally as lively.

Saree stalls at Tekka Market, Singapore.
Saree alley. I think every colour of the Pantone chart is represented here.
Sarees and Punjabi dresses on sale at Tekka Market.
More sarees and punjabi dresses on sale. With price indications …
Festive sarees on sale at Tekka Market and Food Centre.
Ladies, wouldn’t you want to be in one of these?
Indian Gold Bangles.
Some gold to go along with the sarees.




And at 7 Pm …

Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017
Mr Elephant takes on a whole new look.
Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017
The grand entrance.
Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017, Singapore.
Further up Serangoon Road. Some HDR toning for this shot.
Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017
Nearby Race Course Road was lit up too.
Singapore's Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017
Another view of the grand entrance. With human and vehicle traffic.

 


Hereby wishing all Hindu readers a Happy Deepavali/Diwali!
And if you happen to be in Singapore, this year’s Deepavali festive light-up is ongoing till November 12th. Go have a look!


 

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2 thoughts on “Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017 – Oct 16, 2017

  1. Happy to see you have a great Diwali this year. The photos are great. I believe the festival of light to be one of the great celebrations that takes place around the world.

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