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Happy Deepavali 2015

 

First, wishing all of you a very Happy Deepavali!

 

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Find out more About Deepavali

Here are some interesting activities that you and your family can enjoy.

 


 

Deepavali Countdown Concert

 

 

This is the grand event for the Festival of Lights, Deevapli,  in Singapore.  It will  be attended by international celebrities, such as actor Jiiva, playback singers Santhosh and Malavika, and dancers Sandy and Asha Iyer.

 

Join us to welcome Deepavali with a display of splendid fireworks at the stroke of midnight!

 

Date:

9 November 2015, Monday

 

Time:

8pm – 12 midnight

 

Venue:

Farrer Park Field,  Singapore Indian Association

 

Fees:

FREE

 


 

Istana Open House

Istana

Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents. Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $1 per person. Entrance to the grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road. Opening hours are usually from 8.30am to 6.00pm.

There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House. For an entrance fee of $2, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers.

Istana souvenirs are also sold at the Open House. All proceeds from the sale of the souvenirs and the entrance fees collected are donated to charity.

Notes to Visitors:

1. The following items will not be allowed within the Istana grounds for security reasons:
· Pointed and sharp objects (e.g. knives of any size, forks)
· Flammable items (e.g. lighters)

2. To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all visitors, and to prevent damage to the premises, the following activities will not be allowed within the Istana grounds:
· Wheeled sports (e.g. cycling, roller blading)
· Littering
· Smoking
· Consumption of alcoholic drinks
· Pets (except for guide dogs)

3. No storage facilities will be provided. Security personnel reserve the right to turn away visitors who bring along items that are not allowed.

4. All visitors will need to go through security screening prior to entering the Istana grounds.

5. The sale of tickets to enter the Istana Main Building will close at 5.30pm, subject to crowd conditions.

 

Date and Time:

10 November 2015 (Tuesday)

 

Venue:

Istana, Dhoby Ghaut

 

Admission:

FREE for Singaporean!!!

 


Istana Nature Guided Walk

Istana

Sign up for the Nature Guided Walk during the Istana Open House on Deepavali. This guided walk is a collaboration between the President’s Office and the National Parks Board (NParks), which will showcase the Istana’s flora, fauna and biodiversity.

The guided walk starts from 10am to 4pm, and is conducted hourly. Please look out for signs on the Istana grounds to find out where you can register for the guided walk.

 

Date and Time:

10 November 2015 (Tuesday)

10:00AM – 16:00PM

 

Venue:

Istana, Dhoby Ghaut

 

Admission:

$2.00 for each child aged 3 years & above.
$4 for Singaporeans / PRs aged 13 and above.
$10.00 for foreigners (aged 13 & above).
Family package, $12.00 for Singaporeans / PRs (family of 4) and $30.00 for foreigners (family of 4).


National Museum of Singapore Open House

Spend the day at the National Museum of Singapore with a range of family-friendly activities befitting the occasion! Free activities include athoranam craft session and storytelling sessions featuring traditional Indian tales.

 

 

 

Make a Thoranam

National Museum of Singapore
Glass Atrium, Level 2
10am to 5pm (Last Admission at 4.45pm)
Thoranam is an auspicious hanging decoration in Hindu culture. Traditionally made of young coconut or mango leaves woven into patterns, it is strung across houses or temples and symbolises health, happiness and prosperity. Join us in this simple craft activity to create your very own paperthoranam!

 

Storytelling sessions for children

National Museum of Singapore
The Salon, Level 1
2pm & 3.30pm (40 minutes per session)
Join Grace Kalai, Srividhya Venkat and award-winning storyteller Roger Jenkins as they share traditional Indian tales in celebration of Deepavali. Stories include the tale of Sita’s abduction from the Ramayana epic, around which the Festival of Light is centred. They will also share a riddle-story about Narasimha, the man-lion incarnation of Vishnu, and an inspirational folk tale about a cracked pot!

 

Date and Time:

10 November 2015 (Tuesday)

10am to 5pm

 

Venue:

National Museum of Singapore

 

Admission:

FREE!!!


Singapore Philatelic Museum Open House

 

 

Deepavali Crafts
10.00am – 5.30pm

From Deepavali-themed packs, children and families can create paper oil lamps, do fun quizzes and colourful kolam. Charges apply.

 

Deepavali Stamps
10.00am – 5.30pm
Be inspired by Deepavali stamps and design your own!

 

Storytelling Sessions
11.00am, 2.00pm, 3.30pm
Embark on a storytelling journey of My Healthy Kingdom with Leonard and Leona. Learn tips on leading a healthier lifestyle. Presented by Health Promotion Board.

 

Date and Time:

10 November 2015 (Tuesday)

9.30am to 7pm

 

Venue:

Singapore Philatelic Museum

 

Admission:

FREE!

 


Malay Heritage Centre Open House

 

Take a peek into the lives of several historical personalities through this interactive tour at the Malay Heritage Centre. Join us for the Kampong Gelam Tales: A Dramatised Tour and be captivated by pieces of Singapore’s history!

 

Neighbourhood Sketches


Wayang Golek

Malay Heritage Centre
8.30pm – 9.30pm
The Pondok Jawa, located along Sultan Gate, was once the centre of Javanese cultural activities where gamelan and wayang were regularly performed. For Malay CultureFest 2015, the Malay Heritage Centre will present a wayang golek and Gamelan Melayu for visitors to reminisce and reflect on the importance of ensuring the continuity of our rich traditions. Join us as we bring back these performances synonymous to historic Kampong Gelam.

 

Date and Time:

10 November 2015 (Tuesday)

11.00am & 3.00pm

 

Venue:

Malay Heritage Centre

 

Admission:

FREE!

 

 

 

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