Singapore Lights Up Deepavali
Singapore lights up on important ocassions.
Be it Chinese New Year [China Town], National Day, Hari Raya Puasa (Id) [Geyland Serai and Kampong Glam], Mid Autumn Lantern festival[China Town], Christmas and New Year [Orchard Road].
Now Its time of that year again for Lighting Up the Deepa Raya ie., the twin festivals Deepavali and Hari Raya Puasa in Singapore.
True to the Spirit of Deepavali, Little India is livened up with Colourful Lights and Arches, Stalls, Music, teeming crowds and all that is associated with this Festival of Lights.
The Lighting up theme for last year was "Elephants." This year it shall be the "Peacocks"[See Pics.] Organised by the Hindu Endowments Board and lasts for about a month. Sep 21, 2006 to Oct 29, 2006. The total spend for this year is about S$ 400,000. This is an added visitor attraction to the Little India, for Locals and Tourists, as always and more.
The festivities on this day here is generally to Dress up and visiting temples, meeting friends, Restauranting etc. [Why??? See below.] The Local Television keeps you awake with the latest, popular Movies [Tamil, Hindi and English] that runs marathon through the nights.
The State celebrates with fireworks display on selected Occasions, that are a real treat to watch.
It may be alongside the Marina Bay or Singapore River. These fireworks display are well Orchestrated, Computer Controlled, Synchronised with Music etc etc. All High Tech Gadgetry.
However, Fire Crackers are not permitted for individual use. Kids have to make do with Sparklers and Party Poppers only.
You don't get the Fierce Fire display, Eye burning Smoke, Ear shattering Noises, as in back home. :-(
Its A Very Clean and Quiet Deepavali !!!
Happy Deepavali to You All !!! ====-* *