Friday, November 16, 2012

Festival of Lights: Deepavali

Deepavali is a Hindu Festival celebrated around the world. 
It falls between October and November.
Diwali means "a row of lights."
It was just to commence when we were in Singapore with our family, Mateo, Sarah and their children.

I hope you enjoy a portion of the pre-celebration activities.
(Photos were taken with my cell phone camera...not the best but good enough to catch the flavor of this wonderful celebration.)

On the day of Deepavali, everyone wakes up early in the morning, 4AM to be exact. There is a deep happiness, an inner joy, a radiating light as people greet one another, forgive those who have wronged them, and instill charity in the hearts of all.

There is an atmosphere of good cheer, joyfulness, forgiveness and freedom.
Hindus in different parts of the world have variations on this Holy Season, but the basics remain the same.

As a tourist, it is so much fun to walk through the markets, which consist of temporary tents stretched across streets.  Once this festival concludes, all will be removed and the street put back in service.
Pretty practical in a city that is strapped for land.

Every holiday has its special foods, traditions and customs. One main staple are crispy, fried foods found in packages large and small.  They also love their sweetmeats.

I love the label that states: Taste not to be Missed!

Candles, statues to deities, are found in many market stalls.

Rows and rows, as far as you can see....trinkets, beads, jewelry, purses, items I haven't a clue what they are used for.

Deepavali is a time when everyone purchases new clothing. It is a time of cleansing, some taking oil baths.  
Some employers even purchase new clothes for their workers.

All Hindu Deities are a manifestation of Brahman. Brahman plays a role in the creation of the world.
The Elephant headed Ganesh, shown above, is the god of Good Fortune.

Streets are lined with clay vessels intended for religious offerings at temples.  Simply pour oil and add a wick for lighting. 

Couldn't resist this car.....not unusual to see HIGHLY decorated vehicles--cars, bikes, buses and trucks.

My next post will be loads of fun, Sarah, sent me photos of their children celebrating Deepavali in their home.
The charming activities will make you want to be a kid again...until then...hope you enjoyed a tiny tour of Singapore's Hindu area in preparation for Deepavali.

A time when everyone forgets and forgives the wrongs done by others!!!


  1. What a delightful treat for me. I feel like I am back in Singapore! Thank you for sharing.

  2. What a wildly colorful feast for the eyes! Thanks for sharing the sights of Singapore during this festival time.


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