Deepavali in Singapore in 2019

Deepavali in Singapore in 2019
  How long until Deepavali?
This holiday next takes place in 65 days.
  Dates of Deepavali in Singapore
2021 Singapore Thu, Nov 4National Holiday
2020 Singapore Sat, Nov 14National Holiday
2019 Oct 27, Oct 28
SingaporeMon, Oct 28National Holiday (in lieu)
SingaporeSun, Oct 27National Holiday
2018 Singapore Tue, Nov 6National Holiday
2017 Singapore Wed, Oct 18National Holiday
  Summary
Celebrations revolve around the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, light over darkness
  Which regions observe Singapore Deepavali in 2019?
Singapore  SingaporeOct 27National Holiday
Singapore  SingaporeOct 28National Holiday (in lieu)

When is Deepavali in Singapore?

The Festival of Lights is known as Deepavali (deep - lamp, vali - array) in Singapore.

Despite being mainly observed only by the Indian community, the festival of Deepavali is a gazetted public holiday.

Traditions of Deepavali in Singapore

Around nine percent of the population of Singapore can trace their roots to India, making Indians the third largest ethnic group in Singapore. Most people came from Tamil Nadu, which is why the holiday has its Southern Indian name of Deepavali.

For Hindus around the world, the celebration of Deepavali revolves around the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, light over darkness. It is one of the most important Hindu festivals.

Deepavali marks the return of Lord Rama, who was the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, from a fourteen year exile.

The Festival of Lights takes place on the darkest night (first night of the new moon) in the month of Kartik in the Hindu calendar.

In their homes, people light small oil lamps called diyas. It is believed that deceased relatives come back to visit their families on Earth during this festival and the lights are a way to guide the spirits home. The sound of firecrackers exploding is common as the noise is said to drive away evil spirits.

Families, friends and business associates exchange gifts and sweets, settle old business deals and are encouraged to rid themselves of hate, anger and jealousy.

The festival is a time for rejoicing and renewal.

How is Deepavali celebrated in Singapore?

Deepavali is typically marked by a display of lights in the 'Little India' district, which is where the Indian community are mainly located.

Other activities such as bazaars, exhibitions, parades and concerts will also take place in Little India.

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