26 0ct 2011 – The Festival Of Lights
Deepavali/Diwali=Row of Lights, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year based on Hindu Lunar Calendar. The name itself derive from Sanskrit; Dipa means lamp, and Awali means row or line. This Festival of Lights originally celebrated after the monsoon season is a time for rejoicing and renewal. Hindus all over the world celebrate the triumph of good over evil, or light over darkness when many homes will light up little lamps to usher in light and good fortune.
The Indians form 9.2% of SIN’s population and in SIN where all the major festivals of the different cultures are marked, thus a public holiday. Hindu Indians celebrate with light and candle decorations that create a beautiful a night scene. The atmosphere Deepavali creates, coupled with the joy of the people over SIN’s multi-racial and multi-nationality, regardless of their religion and nationality.
Little India on Serangoon Road is decorated with elaborate lights, garlands and colorful arches to mark the celebrations. This is the center of commerce of the SIN Indian community on normal days. Today Little India turns into a festive street. Stalls are decorated with fragrant flowers, garlands, traditional oil lamps and beautiful Saris with intricate brocade patterns and glittering gems.
Pix credits to Athena TAN, a talented SIN photographer who worked in H&H with me some light festivals ago! Usually am in SIN to enjoy the lights but today, will enjoy with the grandchildren by telling them about it! There is only one Indian girl in Katy’s class.
Let this diwali burn all your bad times and enter you in good times – Diwali greetings