Deepavali,the Festival of Lights is celebrated in Singapore by the Hindus and by people of other faiths as well. The Deepavali in Singapore is a spectacular event with the Hindu community decorating their homes with colored lights and also lits up decorative candles and lamps. The Festival of Deepavali represents the triumph of good over the evil. A very joyous and festive mood prevails in Singapore at the time of Deepavali and preparations for the festival start days in advance right after the Dussehra.
Significance of the Deepavali Festival
The Festival of Deepavali signifies the triumph of good over the evil. Deepavali is a Sanskrit word meaning a row of lights representing victory of light and brightness over the gloom and darkness.
The Five Days of the Deepavali Festival
Deepavali is celebrated in the month of Ashwayuja according to the Hindu calendar.It falls in the month of October ¯November and continues for 5 days.
Dhan Teras:Dhan stands for wealth and the word Trayodashi means the 13th day and it falls on day 13 of the second part of the lunar month.
Naraka Chaturdasi:Naraka signifies a new period of knowledge and light and Chaturdasi which means the 14th day.
Deepavali: Deepavali is celebrated on day 3 of the festival when the moon disappears and complete darkness takes over.
Varsha Pratipada:The word "Pratipada" means "beginning" and "Varsha" stands for the "year".It signifies the beginning of the New Year.
Bhayyaduj:Its an occasion when the sisters pray for the health and well-being of their brothers.
Lakshmi Puja is celebrated on the night of the Deepavali Festival.
Deepavali celebration is all about gifting special Deepavali gifts, meeting friends and families, wearing new clothes, exchanging beautiful Deepavali greeting cards, conveying hearty greetings to everyone and sharing special Deepavali sweets. Fire-works and crackers are an integral part of the Deepavali festival along with the lights and the candles. At night the children and even adults get engaged in lighting fire-works and bursts different types of crackers which make for a brilliant spectacle.
Celebration of Deepavali in Singapore
Little India on the Seragoon Road is the heartland of the Hindu community. On the day of Deepavali Little India is beautifully adorned with colorful decorations, garlands and numerous lights. People get up at early dawn to offer their Pujas and also visit the temples to worship and offer their prayers on this auspicious day. In the evening they get decked up in beautiful new dresses and jewelries. Evening is also the time to light the candles and the fire-works, which are the important customs of the Deepavali Festival.
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