8 Interesting Activities During Deepavali 2010

 

What to Do During Deepavali 2010?

Deepavali falls on 5 November 2010, during this most important festival in the Hindu calendar, there are plenty of things you can do to celebrate and soak in the happy occasion.  Little India is definitely the place to go where the whole streets are lit with colorful lights and festive bazaars, Street Parade, Countdown Concert and festive stalls selling traditional items such as Saris, fragrant flowers, jewelry, traditional arts and craft, oil lamps and Indian delicacies.

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Here, I am recommend 8 things you could do during this festive session to take a sip of the festive atmosphere of Deepavali.

 

1. Deepavali Street Light Up

2878441815 c84c1f9ee6If you want to experience the richness of the Indian culture, there is no better place to visit then the Serangoon Road at Little India with its highest concentration of Indian population and activities.  The festive celebrations in Little India start on 23 September 2010 and just coming here to see the whole street lit up with magnificent colors and lights will kick start your festive mood.  The streets burst into life with installations, decorations and brilliant lights, running all the way down Serangoon Road, between its junctions with Bukit Timah Road and Lavender Street, for a distance of about 1.5km. Two main arches are the highlights of the light-up, one at the junction of Serangoon Road and Bukit Timah Road, and the other at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple.

Do remember to bring along your camera to capture the beautiful street lights and festival decoration.     It is best to visit Little India during evening to include the strolling and viewing of the street decorations at night. 

Venue: Serangoon Road, Little India

Dates: 7 Oct 2010 to 4 Nov 2010

Time: As night falls around 7pm

MRT Station: Little India MRT Station

 

2. Campbell Lane

2970713062 f6f3671ee5 mJoin in the fun and follow the crowds in search of festive delicacies and Indian goodies. Visit the Campbell Lane which houses the Festival Village with its colorful festive bazaar.  It is near the Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour shopping haven.  Here you can find everything from Saris to spices, Indian crafts, Indian fashions and many more.  When you are there, try the traditional Indian snacks and sweets such as Murukku and  Halwa.  Try also to get a hand henna-painted which is a temporary tatoo from a folio of interesting designs for you to choose from.

Venue: Cambell Lane, Little India

Dates: till 4 Nov 2010

Time: As night falls around 7pm

MRT Station: Little India MRT Station

 

3.  Deepavali Street Parade

Enjoy one of the biggest arts events in Little India with Indian performance art forms feature alongside cultural performances by various ethnic groups during the Utsav Deepavali Street Parade.

Venue: Race Course Road, Little India

Dates: 30 Oct 2010

Time: Around 7pm

MRT Station: Farrer Park MRT Station

 

4.  Trishaw Tour

If you would like to go down Serangoon Road with a guided tour and a unique experience, try the Little India trishaw tour.  Find the Trishaw Park near the Albert Mall and Bugis Street Bazaar. Join the Trishaw tour that will take you down Serangoon Road and enjoy the beautiful light-up of the night scene in ease.

Venue: Trishaw Park, Queen Street, Bugis.

Dates: 30 Oct 2010

Time: Around 7pm

MRT Station: Bugis MRT Station

 

5. Hindus Temples

2976186510 fbf0564628 zThis is the best time to understand more about Hinduism and find out more about their rituals.  In Serangoon, there are 3 great Hindus temples and the most convenient is the Sri Veerama Kaliamman Temple at the junction of Serangoon Road and Belilios Lane.  Other Hindu temples  include Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple/Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple.

MRT Station: Farrer Park MRT Station, Little India MRT Station and Chinatown MRT Station

  

 

6.  Deepavali Countdown Concert

Count down to Deepavali and experience a spectacular open air Deepavali Countdown concert and firework on the eve of the festival. Join local and international celebrities in this extravaganza that will surely dazzle you. Hosted by local celebrities from Vasantham Central channel.

Venue: Race Course Road, Little India

Dates: 4 November 2010

Time: Around 7pm till late.

MRT Station: Little India MRT Station

 

7. Indian Restaurants

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Dine at one of Little India’s wide selections of Indian cuisine from the North to the South Indian.  Restaurant such as “Spices of India” feature the  North Indian with mild curries, creamy yogurt based dishes, tandoori items baked in a tandoori or clay oven, fluffy naan breads, lentils, desserts and milk-based sweetmeats.

A South Indian restaurant such as “Annalakshmi” offers you vegetarian thosai and fiery curries enriched with coconut milk. Often served on a banana leaf or a thali, vegetarian meals consist of vegetables, pickles, chutney and bread. South Indian cuisine also includes delectable seafood dishes from Kerala.

Some Restaurants Suggestions:

Komala Vilas Restaurant (Vegetarian)
76/78 Serangoon Road

Chellas Restaurant (Vegetarian)
70 Serangoon Road

Muthu’s Curry

138 Race Course Road

Annalakshmi

104 Amoy St

Rang Mahal

3F Pan Pacific Hotel

The Song of India

33 Scotts Road

Spices of India

Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Road

 

 

8. Little India Arcade and Mustafa

3811338041 5450f4b432The Little India Arcade is the place to go for authentic Indian food, music and fashion. More Mumbai or Delhi than Singapore, this cultural hub is arranged in carefully conserved shophouses which date back to the 1920s.

 

Venue: 48 Serangoon Road, Little India

Dates: All year round

Time: 9am – 10pm

If you could not sleep late at night, why not try the 24 hours bargain hunting at the famous Mustafa Centre.  You’ll get a bargain on just about everything, from clothes, perfume, souvenirs, electronics, makeup, confectionery and even food and groceries.

Venue: 145 Syed Alwi Road, Little India

Dates: All year round

Time: 24 hours.

MRT Station: Little India MRT Station

 

 

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Wishing all a HAPPY DEEPAVALI !!!

 

Photos: weegolo, williamcho, prakhar, Matthieu A. Sources: Your Singapore

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