Indian Festivals in Singapore

The aroma of Indian culture, tradition and festivals has surpassed the nation’s paraphernalia! And this time it’s Singapore!

History says that Hinduism crept into the mainland of Singapore due to the immigration of the Southern India, mainly the Tamils. This reshuffled the existing culture of the nation and a perfect blend of tradition, which had stints of Hinduism incorporated within it came into existence. Like the Indian subcontinent, Singapore soon got its multi secular status.

This region has some very identical Indian temples (nearly in the sense, they are built in the Dravidian style of architecture). One can clearly imagine the mass of immigration, with the large number of Hindu temples all around the place. The “gopurams”, paintings and murals give the feeling of being in India even in a far away land. Hinduism at Singapore is mainly limited within the culture of the Southern Dravidians or the Tamils.

Singapore gets more colorful and vibrant during the celebration times of Indian festivals: Deepavali, Thaipusam, Pongal and Navrathri. What makes the celebration more unique is the eagerness, happiness and interest with which these are celebrated at a place far away than the own country. Unless and until you get the experience of celebrating any of these festivals at Singapore, one can’t figure out the exceptionality of these celebrations at Singapore.

Deepavali: It isn’t just the “festival of lights” when you are at Singapore! Indian communities at Singapore light sacred lamps for a month. Oil lamps are lit and people seek the blessings of Goddess Laxmi for ushering bliss to the family in terms of health, wealth and prosperity. Festive shopping, colorful streets and new clothes clad people move around the market celebrating the festival.

Thaipusam: It is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamils and Indians at Singapore. Blessings are sought from Lord Murugan. Devotees follow stringent procedures for pacifying their God, like piercing of face, tongue and body parts. In a general practice kavadis (semi circular wooden or metal arches) are pierced to the bodies of the devotees with spikes and hooks. The word “Thaipusam” is derived from two different words: “Thai”, the name of the month which is January/February in the English calendar and “pusam” meaning full moon. The festival is celebrated in the month January/February in a full moon day. People have a belief that any rituals performed during “Thaipusam” makes them cured from all sorts of diseases. Meditation, fast, prayer is done throughout the day. 

Navrathri: It is one of the heavily celebrated rituals in India. At Singapore, the rituals and practices are same as that of the Indian culture and devotees worship Goddess Laxmi, Durga and Saraswati ardently for nine days. Prayers and fast are the important aspects of this festival. And the tenth day is celebrated with much pomp and show: it is the win of good over evil. Goddess is placed on a wooden chariot and paraded all around the temple for being victorious against the demon king Mahisasura.
 
This brief review of Indian festivals at Singapore is all about the global acclamation of the rich Indian custom in a foreign land!

Interesting events in Singapore

Following are some of the events that will take place in Singapore

1. The Ancient Voice

It will have the music of Jiang Bao Shi. Also solo tenor Zhou Qiang and Choral Associate of Singapore Committee Choir under the baton of Cao Wen Gong, will make your night, with his songs, a memorable night.

  • Date – 20th December 2011
  • Tickets – S$25
  • Timings – 7.30PM

2. Kyle Patrick rock show

The famous Kyle Patrick ,the leading vocalist of famous American band The Click Five,will be performing at the Orchard Hotel on Orchard Road

  • Date – 20th December 2011
  • Time – 8PM
  • Address – TAB Singapore, 420 Orchard Road, Orchard Hotel.
  • Tickets – S$45 to S$65
  • Website – www.tab.com.sg

3. Tribute to 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s death and 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt’s birth

It will be done with the help of the Arts House and The Sing-Song Club and the songs will be played. There will be piano and voice performances.

  • Date – 20th December 2011
  • Time – 8PM
  • Address – Living Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane.
  • Tickets – S$25 and S$15 (discounted)
  • Website – www.theartshouse.com.sg

4. Mr Moon Live at Frasers Centrepoint Malls

To celebrate Christmas season, Mr Moon and his friends are coming at Frasers Centrepoint Malls . There is a chance to click a picture of yours and your family with Mr Moon,Silva and Gold Star, only when you and your family comes in the first 30 and you will get a pass to get yourself clicked with these famous persons.Get details on

  • Websitewww.fraserscentrepointmalls.com

5. Also at North Point Mall, Christmas celebrations have also started with carol singers and musicians .One can take the advantage of such great event

  • Date – 23rd December 2011
  • Time- 7PM to 8PM
  • Tickets – Free

6. Of a Time and Place

There is an exhibition by great Moses Tan which is about the three famous countries like Australia,Japan,Malaysia. He has presented his experiences in the uncelebrated places. He has taken photographs by himself and has changed them to digital drawings in order to make “postcards”.

  • Date – 31st December 2011 from
  • Time – 11AM to 7PM.
  • Address – The Cathay Gallery, 2 Handy Road, #01-16, The Cathay.
  • Tickets – FREE

7. iChestnuts 15

This is the 15th Singapore’s Annual Spoof Fest. Famous writers Jonathan Lim and Bang Wenfu, will tackle the issues that have surrounded the locall culture in the form of sketches. The themes will be related to The Wicked Merlion King,Ris Low,SisRis,Amy and Ah Mee Show.

  • Date – 5th January 2012 to 22nd January 2012
  • Time -8PM and on weekends it will be at 3PM.
  • Address – Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
  • Tickets – starting at S$42 to S$62
  • Website: http://chestnuts.com.sg/chestnut2012/