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 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!
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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. It's a quick activity that'll definitely wow the kids, and it's also a pretty way to end the day. You can simply drive by on the way home after spending the day together as a family and let the kids marvel at these beautiful lights.
If your family is filled with food lovers, then you've got to visit the Deepavali Food Bazaar, happening from now until 11 November, 2023. There, you'll not only be able to enjoy traditional Indian food and snacks, but will also be able to bask in the celebratory atmosphere of the festive season. If savoring the delicacies at the bazaar itself is not enough, you can even purchase bottled snacks and stock them at home so that you can take your time enjoying them for the next few days or couple of weeks.
Deepavali Food Bazaar, www.deepavali.sg/deepavali-food-bazaar
There is so much to see and buy at the Deepavali Festival Village! Here, you can get a glimpse of traditional clothing, intricate handicrafts, and more products and food items that embody the heart of the festivities. It'll be an eye-opening experience for the kiddos as well, and the whole family can shop together and buy whatever that catches your eye! It's also a beautiful and colorful sight to behold, so you can take pictures to remember the beauty.
Deepavali Festival Village, www.deepavali.sg/deepavali-festival-village
This activity might be something the kids will enjoy! The Big Bus Tour is specially tailored to detour through Little India during the Deepavali season, and allows the whole family to soak in the festivities of this celebratory season. Besides getting to marvel at the lights along Little India, the guided tour also takes you through key areas of Little India. The tour ends just outside Gayathri Restaurant, where you and the family can enjoy a sumptuous meal. A SG$5 voucher for the restaurant will also be provided per participant.
Big Bus Tour, www.deepavali.sg/big-bus-tour
A live cooking demonstration is gonna be happening at BACOS The Dine, as they bring the art of cooking to life in an exciting and interactive way. Celebrity chef Arifin will be leading this live cooking demonstration while sharing his knowledge about ingredients and cooking techniques. It's a great chance to not only learn about what goes into a meticulous and hearty cultural meal, but also a wonderful opportunity to watch a marvellous chef in his element!
BACOS The Dine, 2 Serangoon Rd, #01-12/13 Tekka Place, Singapore 218227, www.deepavali.sg/live-cooking-demo
The Indian Heritage Centre has prepared lots of wonderful and engaging activities for you this Deepavali festive season. For the young ones, there are activities like storytelling (November 4, 2023) that's suitable for children aged 5 to 7 years old, as well as a Pichwai Painting Workshop (November 4, 2023 & November 5, 2023) for kids aged 16 years old and above. There are even free Candle Light Cultural Performances happening in the gallery on November 4, 2023 and November 5, 2023 that's suitable for kids aged 14 years old and older. The family can also end the outing with a Dramatized Gallery Tour (November 4, 2023 & November 5, 2023) where they'll learn more about the timeless love story of Krishna and Radha.
Indian Heritage Centre, 5 Campbell Ln, Singapore 209924, www.indianheritage.gov.sg
Singapore Sports Hub is celebrating Deepavali this year with a series of fun events! Key highlights include a one-hour Little India Bus Tour that'll start from Singapore Sports Hub itself as the pick-up point, as well as a Rangoli Art Display that'll showcase these intricate decorations. Participants can even try their hand at creating their very own Rangoli art if they'd like! This is something that might be engaging and enjoyable for the kids. Singapore Sports Hub is also hosting their very own Bollywood Dance-Off Contest via TikTok, and the top five finalists will battle it out in person for the grand prize come November 10, 2023.
Singapore Sports Hub, www.sportshub.com.sg/Rangoli-Rhythm
This parent-child Bollywood Dance Workshop is great if you're looking for a family-friendly activity, and the kids get to shake it out and groove to Bollywood beats together. Run by Royalusion, this 90 minute class is taught by experienced instructors and covers the basics of Bollywood dance. Besides picking up a new skill together as a family, this bonding activity also allows the little ones to showcase their dancing skills on the dance floor!
Bollywood Dance Workshop, www.esplanade.com/bollywood-dance-parent-child-workshop
Four Friends And The Hunter is an Esplanade production about four good friends (a deer, parrot, turtle and rat) who live in a faraway forest in India. When a hunter shows up, these friends must work together to save one of their friends who got caught. It's a heartwarming story that features lots of music and movement, something the kiddos are bound to enjoy. The production is 45 minutes long with no intermission throughout.
Four Friends And The Hunter, www.esplanade.comfour-friends-and-the-hunter
Why not take a walk through Little India with Monster Day Tours this Deepavali season? You get to explore the amazing district as a family while checking out the cultural beauty of Little India. You'll also get to see stunning murals in the area's side alleys, and one of the highlights of this tour even includes visiting a Hindu temple to learn more about their religion and prayer rituals. The tour is free, but tipping is deeply appreciated.
Little India Walking Tour, www.monsterdaytours.com/little-india-walking-tour
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