The Singapore International Deepavali Shopping Festival (SIDS Fest), which will be held from Sept 18 to 22, promises to bring to you all the colour and excitement of Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights.
The festival is being brought to you by tabla! and Tamil Murasu, two prominent publications for the Indian community in Singapore and events company de ideaz.
The five-day festival, to be held at Singapore Expo, will feature stalls from India, Singapore and other parts of South Asia, selling a variety of products like clothes, accessories, arts and crafts, children's toys and apparel, electronic goods, jewellery, bridal items and offering various travel deals. Everything you would need to make your Deepavali this year a perfect celebration.
However, the biggest draw at the festival is Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan who will be present at the venue.
Lucky draws will be held from Sept 18-20 to select winners of Krrish Lounge passes to meet Hrithik.
The star of movies like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Jodhaa Akbar and Dhoom 2 is coming to promote his latest film Krrish 3, which will hit theatres here on Nov 4.
The film is a sequel to Krrish, in which Hrithik played a superhero, and Koi Mil Gaya. All three films are directed and produced by his father Rakesh Roshan. Krrish was shot extensively in Singapore and the actor felt it was the right place to begin the international promotion of Krrish 3 which takes the story of the superhero forward.
So don't miss your chance to catch Hrithik at the Deepavali fair.
Also not to be missed is your chance to get the best bargains and the best Deepavali shopping experience in Singapore, which will provide you with choices galore for all your festive needs.
There will be more than 350 stalls, with exhibitors bringing you the best saris, lenghas, embroidered fabrics, exotic silks, exquisite designer jewellery and many more items.
Art aficionados can also choose from an array of Indian art to be showcased at the event, like the Madhubani paintings of Bihar.
Don't forget to feast on the delicious food options that will be available at the festival. There will be something to please every taste bud.
The SIDS Fest also gives you the opportunity to showcase your talent in various competitions organised over the five days.
Children can participate in the Fancy Dress Competition (Sept 18-20) which will be held in the 3-5 years, 6-9 years, 10-12 years age groups, the Singing Star Competition (Sept 19-20) in the 11-14 years and 15-18 years age groups, Group Dance Competition (Sept 19 and 22) in the 11-14 years and 15-18 years age groups and Art Competition (Sept 21-22) in the 6-9 years and 10-12 years age groups.
Adults can take part in a singing competition (Sept 20) and a cooking competition (Sept 19) which will be a salad special.
The festival promises a wonderful time for you and your family, all under one roof. So make it a point to stop by.
Get a copy of tabla! for more stories.