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Top 6 Deepavali Events For Families In Singapore

Bask In The Atmosphere During The Festival Of Lights!

Deepavali Events With Kids Singapore

The festival of lights, Deepavali or Diwali, is right around the corner and is one of the most important festivals for the Hindus. Signifying the start of the new year, families gather together for a sumptuous meal, coupled with delicious treats, and decking their homes with lanterns and candles. Check out our 2021 go-to guide for this special occasion of celebrating the triumph of light over darkness – from basking underneath the dazzling lights along the streets of Little India to learning more about the culture and festival. It’s indeed a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness!

  • Diwali 2021 Light Up In Singapore

    SOAK IN THE LIGHTS & SIGHTS ALONG LITTLE INDIA

    No Deepavali celebration is complete without driving through Serangoon Road and marveling at the vibrant lights that glaze the road every year. You can see more than a million bulbs in a dazzling array of peacocks, lotus flowers, and oil lamps.

    This year’s Festival of Lights will see a line-up of specially curated programs and activities, both on-ground and virtual that will allow for a delightful celebration for families and loved ones. Kicking off the month-long celebrations will be the annual street light-up in Little India which will feature ‘Gopuram’ as the main decorative piece to welcome the joyous celebration of Lights and many other intricate artworks.

    From Oct 9 to 21, visitors to Little India can also catch a contemporary spin of rangoli, the Indian art of making patterns on the floor.

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    SPLURGE ON A SUMPTUOUS INDIAN MEAL

    No cultural trip is complete without digging into the heart of the food that so richly represents the community. One of our top picks would be Banana Leaf Apolo serving up dishes from both North and South India. Must-try dishes include fish head curry, chicken 69, and tandoori chicken. Another hot fav would be Komala Vilas, the eatery chain that's known for fast and quick food like vadai (deep fried fritters) and dosai (fermented rice & lentil crepe). They are also known for their traditional sweet desserts. Deemed as the best briyani (basmati rice with spices) dish in the area, Yakader Muslim Food at Tekka Market is not to be missed.

    If you are looking for a scrumptious buffet spread, get ready to feast at The Line. In this seasonal event, indulge in traditional Indian dishes hailing from the North of India such as freshly made Tandoori Jhinga King Prawn with Mumbai Spices, Baby Lamb Racks Kebabs, a slow-cooked lamb rack with 8 spices in Kashmiri style, Kerala Style Fish Head and Kaju Kismis Pulao.

    Also check out:

    Rang Mahal

    Jamal Restaurant, 665 Buffalo Rd, Singapore 210665, +65 6298 0892

    Sakunthala’s

    Prata Saga Sambal Berlada, #01-258 Tekka Centre Tekka Market and Food Centre, 665 Buffalo Road, Singapore 210665

    Sri Tiffin Stall, #01-224 Tekka Centre Tekka Market and Food Centre, 665 Buffalo Road, Singapore 210665

    Azmi Restaurant

    Ghandi Restaurant, 31A Chander Road, Singapore 219538

    Ananda Bhavan

    Zaffron Kitchen

  • Deepavali Clothing In Singapore

    DRESS UP TO THE NINES WITH INDIAN TRADITIONAL CLOTHING

    Plan a day of dress-up with the whole family after visiting these stores that stock up the best in Indian clothing for both kids and adults. For traditional sarees and other festive wear, visit Fabindia at VivoCity which is known for top-quality clothing and colorful designs. Head straight to Little India and you'll be spoilt for choice. Start with College Collection where they've stocked up their new Deepavali range. Want more? Check out Fayon Kids online with gorgeous Indian clothing for kids! Best part, they ship worldwide!

    Also check out:

    Rose Fashion

    Fiza Bollywood Fashion

  • Trishaw Trail Deepavali In Singapore

    SIGN UP FOR INDIAN CULTURAL WORKSHOPS & TRISHAW TRAIL

    Paper Garland Craft Workshop 

    Saturdays, Oct 23 & 30, 2021 | 10:30am - 12pm

    The perfect memorabilia to bring home this Deepavali, create your own paper garland using crepe paper in this workshop!

    Register here: ihc-programmes.peatix.com 

    Deepavali Breakfast Cooking Demo By Chef Vasun

    Sunday, Oct 16, 2022 | 10:30am - 12pm

    Want to impress your other half or family with mouth watering Deepavali dishes? Learn how to make festive breakfast dishes such as Medhu Vadai, Rava Idli, Coriander-coconut chutney and Tomato-chilli chutney in this cooking demostration. There will also be a food sampling of the dishes prepared by Chef Vasun at the end of the session!

    Register here: chefvasuncookingdemo.peatix.com/view

    Mandala Dot Painting Workshop 

    Saturday & Sunday, Oct 15 & 16, 2022 | 2:00pm - 5:30pm

    Learn a traditional Indian art form, and bring home a clay oil lamp of your own creation! The Mandala art form uses circles and other geometric designs to represent the essence of life and also draw a focal point of concentration through its uniformity and vibrant play of colours.

    Register here: mandaladotpainting22.peatix.com/view

    Deepavali In Animal Land - Interactive Children Storytelling 

    Saturday, Oct 22, 2022 | 11:30am - 5:30pm

    Don't we all love storytelling? Learn about the traditions and values of Deepavali in this session which comprises interactive musical performances (Oyil dance & Parai drum) and a fun craft session that children will enjoy (decorative 'Thoranam')! Sessions conducted in either Tamil or English.

    Register here: deepavalistorytelling.peatix.com/view

    Little India Trishaw Trails

    Friday evenings, Oct 2021 | 6pm - 8pm 

    Sit back, relax & join us for a fun 15-min trishaw ride taking in the sights and sounds of Little India as precinct ushers in the Festival of Lights! Limited slots are available.

    Register here: ihc-programmes.peatix.com.

    Deepavali Aroma Scented Candle Making Workshop

    October dates to be released

    In this workshop, each participant will make six traditional scented candles using decorations like dried flowers, crystals, gold foil and get a selection of fragrance oil. This will make the perfect gift for friends and family. 

    Register here: www.eventbrite.sg/e/diwali-special-make-6-aroma-candles-tickets-418340627077?aff=ebdssbdestsearchdeepavalistorytelling.peatix.com/view

  • Heritage Trail Along Little India Singapore

    GO ON A HERITAGE & CULTURAL TRAIL

    Get outdoorsy and have the whole gang embark on a Little India Heritage Trail organized by National Heritage Board. The Little India precinct contains a great number and diversity of religious spaces and span across all the major ethnic and religious groups in Singapore. This trail provides insights into different religious spaces, architecture, and practices found in Singapore. How about a Trishaw Trail? The kids will be thrilled to explore Little India in this traditional mode of transport. Trishaw Trails are held every Friday from 6pm to 7:45pm at 15-minute time slots. A refundable deposit of SG$10 is required to book tickets and 1 ticket permits 2 passengers for a 15-minute trail. Book here! You can also visit the Indian Heritage Centre for their Weekday Guided Tours. Book your spot here!

    If you prefer exploring on an open-top bus tour, you can join the Big Bus Tour on Saturday evenings in October! Explore Little India and get to sightsee the spectacular Deepavali Street light-up and decorations up close in this tour. It also provides the best photo opportunities of the iconic Little India from the top deck. Book a Big Bus Tour here.

    Also check out: 

    Trishaw Tours by Trishaw Uncle 

  • Deepavali Events Tik Tok Challenge In Singapore

    PARTICIPATE IN DEEPAVALI EVENTS

    You can also look forward to exciting events such as art installations, treasure hunts, and a Briyani Fiesta with exclusive discounts and promotions in Little India! For those who prefer to soak in the festivities in the comfort of your own home, there are virtual activities that you can participate which include food masterclasses and demonstrations, entertainment shows, TikTok dance challenges, and even a karaoke competition!

    The Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LiSHA) has organized a series of interactive events to celebrate Deepavali. Made just for viewers as a Deepavali special, LiSHA presents a complete online demonstration of Maami's Murukku recipe by Chandrika Rajaram, the expert from LISHA Women's Wing Women's Wing! Learn how to make the easy and great-tasting recipe and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to watch other yummy Deepavali recipes! Visit www.deepavalisg.com/eventlist to see the video schedule! In partnership with Mediacorp Vasantham.

    This year, there are also opportunities to win prizes and walk away with lots of goodie bags, hampers, and even straight-up cash! For the singing and dancing enthusiasts, there are the respective Smule and TikTok competitions. Consider yourself a talented photographer? Join in the Little India Photography Contest. Channel your inner artists and leave an impression on hundreds of thousands of viewers! Lastly, show off to Singapore how you’ve decorated your house during Deepavali and spread the jovial spirit while earning yourself a chance to win various prizes.

    Watch out for the Mega Deepavali Show with hours of Deepavali fun! Dance, music, drama, and much more await you on November 4! Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get regular updates and find out more here!

    Catch a free street theatre performance to learn about The Deepavali Story! This street theatre performance explores one of the origin stories of Deepavali – on how the tyrannical demon Naragasuran was slayed by Lord Krishna. Along with so much learning, your family will enjoy this interactive performance which incorporates music and drama, bringing to live the key characters and scenes of this Deepavali Story.

    For an appreciation of the Tamil language, don’t forget to catch the “Party” Mandram on October 23. Watch the lively debate in front of celebrity judge Erode Mahesh as the participants ponder the age-old question: Who indulges and spends more during Deepavali – men or women? Stay tuned for an evening of laughter and stimulating dialogue.

    Find out more about the celebrations at www.deepavalisg.com

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