Thursday, October 19, 2006

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 !!! ====-* *


Krithika said...

Happy Diwali to you too, MT. Such lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing

archana said...

Happy Diwali to you and your family.

Rajesh &Shankari said...

Happy Diwali! It feels like Diwali in Spore which is great. Have fun and Be Safe

Meena Kandlakuti said...

nice photos and happy to know celebrations in singapore...thanks for sharing and happy diwali to u and your family members.Enjoy:-))

FH said...

What a beautiful pics and how lucky you are to be there!! Compared to that ours is pretty boring,just eating and sleeping!!
Enjoy MT!! Have a good one!!:))

Praveena said...

Wow MT! Diwali in Singapore looks awesome! Makes me want to jump in a flight and come over there!
Happy Deepavali to you!


Anonymous said...

Hi MT... thank you for sharing the beautiful photos. I hope you and your family have a lovely holiday :)

Anonymous said...

How beautiful! Puts you immediately in a festive mood.

Subha Deepavali, MT!

Anonymous said...

Happy Diwali to you too..:)

Maneka Nirmal said...

happy diwali M.T..nice to know that u had a big diwali celebration out there..enjoy ..

Anonymous said...

Those are some beautiful Pictures MT !
Thank you for your Diwali wishes !

Bong Mom said...

Wow such nice pics. Didn't know Singapore celebrated Deepavali with such wonderful lightning.
Thanks for dropping by

indosungod said...

MT, lovely pictures of the celebration of Deepavali in Singapore, hope you had a wonderful celebration

Anusha said...

LOVE the peacock lighting...nice pictures:)

Menu Today said...

Thanks again to each of you...

Vidya said...

thanks for stopping by my blog :)

These pics evoke a lot of old memories.. this is the first ever time we have celebrated deepavali where we are teh ONLY ones celebrating the festival! no lights, sparklers, etc... my little one loved getting mehndi done at serangoon last year.

love your range of rasams!

Menu Today said...

Hi Vidhya,
Thanks a lot. Keep visiting.