Big buzz in Little India over Deepavali

Big buzz in Little India over Deepavali
Shoppers throng the bazaars for last minute purchases for Deepavali in Little India on 19 October 2014.

Brightly-coloured bazaars, temple visits and the bustling Little India light-up usher in the Hindu festival of Deepavali, which falls on Wednesday.

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Deepavali celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, and good over evil.

At home, families light oil lamps and decorate their floors with rangoli or kolam, traditional patterns made with coloured rice flour or powder.

Traditional goodies, from deep-fried murukku to sweets made from milk and ghee, are a staple of the celebrations.

The festival is also a chance to bring some light into the lives of others, with the annual Project Give fund-raiser by self-help group the Singapore Indian Development Association.

A donation booth has been set up at the entrance of Little India Arcade in Serangoon Road to raise funds for low-income Indian Singaporean families.

This article was first published on Oct 20, 2014.
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