Published On: October 15, 2023- Last Updated: February 4, 2024- 9 min read-

Celebrate Deepavali 2023 in Singapore: A Cultural Celebration for All

Get ready to immerse yourself in the magical spirit of Deepavali, which is set to dazzle Singapore on Sunday, 12th November 2023 (and don’t forget, Monday, 13th November is the Deepavali public holiday)!

 

Diwali Main

Source: Indian Heritage Centre via Facebook

Dive into our family-friendly guide to Deepavali 2023 and find how to join in on celebrating the annual Festival of Lights in Singapore.

Deepavali 2023: The Festival of Lights

Deepavali 2023, also known as Diwali, is the most prominent Indian festival of the year, earning the title “Festival of Lights.”

In Singapore, the excitement for this joyous celebration sees a number of activities held across the island, from fun workshops, captivating song and dance performances, heartwarming home festivities, Indian fashion, décor tips, mouth-watering cuisine, and catching the best places to witness the splendid Deepavali lights.

 

Deepavali 2023 in Singapore

Source: Indian Heritage Centre via Facebook

The Significance of Deepavali/Diwali

Deepavali signifies the glorious victory of good over evil and the triumph of light over darkness. The festival carries a special focus on the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth and prosperity.

Mark Your Calendars: Deepavali 2023

The date for Deepavali 2023 in Singapore is determined by the Hindu lunar calendar, typically falling between the months of October and November. This year in Singapore, Deepavali falls on Sunday, 12th November, making Monday, 13th November, a public holiday.

The festivities stretch over about five days, with the Deepavali lights illuminating Little India, Singapore, starting as early as September 2023.

Deepavali: A Festival of Tradition and Togetherness

This vibrant festival brings with it the chance to embrace new, colourful traditional Indian clothing, share sweet treats, light fireworks, and come together as families to worship and celebrate.

Your Deepavali Journey in Singapore

In preparation for Deepavali 2023, homes are adorned and cleaned with love and care. Many families take part in creating captivating “Rangoli” patterns at their doorstep. Rangoli is a beautiful, colourful art design made from various finely coloured powders, rice, or flowers. This activity provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with kids.

Radiant Deepavali Decorations

Earthen lamps, known as “diyas,” are a central part of the celebration. They are traditionally filled with ghee (clarified butter) and lit with a handmade cotton wick.

 

Diyas Singapore

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Diyas are then lit and placed around and outside the home to welcome the light. You can purchase plain clay diyas and paint them in your own designs, making for a beautiful ornate lit festive glow. Rangoli supplies and diyas are available in Little India Arcade and Campbell Lane.

Enhancing the magic of the festivity, colourful light strings are used to decorate homes, casting a warm and inviting glow during the Deepavali festival.

Diwali Celebrations at Hindu Temples

Hindu temples across Singapore will come alive with vibrant lights and festive decorations to celebrate Deepavali. Some of the most popular temples to visit include:

These temples organize a wide range of activities and programs during the Deepavali festivities, including special prayer services, captivating cultural performances, and delectable food stalls. For specific event details and schedules, be sure to visit their respective websites.

A Time for Renewal

During the Deepavali season, Indian families thoroughly clean and decorate the inside and out of their homes. According to tradition, a clean and beautiful house invites Goddess Lakshmi, who blesses the home on Deepavali night.

Visit Little India to find stunning flower garlands for home decoration, or explore your local florist for vibrant yellow, orange, and red flowers to create the perfect festive ambiance.

During the decoration process, special emphasis is placed on the home’s entrance to welcome family and friends and, of course, to draw in the blessings of the Goddess.

New Indian Attire for Deepavali

Deepavali is a time to cherish new clothes and vibrant colours. For the most festive options, head to Tekka Centre at 665 Buffalo Rd or FabIndia in Vivo City, or shop online at Shobitam or Sharva Collections.

Boys often wear a kurta pyjama, a knee-length tunic paired with drawstring pants. If you’re looking for a similar ensemble in a different style, try a dhoti kurta, which features a loose trouser that tapers to the calf and a shirt called a kurta.

Girls can opt for a lehenga choli or ghagra choli, a flowing skirt matched with a short blouse, or a salwar kameez, a long outfit with loose-fitting trousers that taper at the ankles and a knee-length tunic. Each outfit is typically accessorized with a long scarf called a dupatta and colourful bangles on both arms.

Fireworks & Sparklers

On the day of Deepavali, various prayers and offering rituals take place. Families don new clothes and visit temples for prayers. It’s a time when they also pay visits to the homes of friends and relatives for joyous feasting.

Sparklers

Source: The Hindu

Fireworks have traditionally been a significant part of Deepavali celebrations illuminating the night sky. Children are encouraged to light sparklers and enjoy the festivities. Boxes of sparklers can be easily purchased at Campbell Street.

Delightful Deepavali Sweets: Mithai

When it comes to Deepavali, sweet indulgence takes centre stage. Whether you’re dining out or having a home-cooked feast with friends, expect a spread of mouthwatering Indian delights. From traditional “mithai” sweets to savoury snacks and hearty vegetarian dishes, the options are endless.

Dive into the flavours of saffron, ghee, edible silver foil, dried fruits, and creamy dairy, like paneer.

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For an exquisite twist, explore Shangri-La Singapore’s delectable gift hampers. Their offerings, including ‘The Deepavali Opulent Hamper’, Deepavali Bountiful Hamper, and Deepavali Mithai Gift Box, are tailored to delight your taste buds in style. And while you’re at it, make sure to visit Moghal Sweets in Little India and Kailash Parbat restaurant.

These hotspots boast an array of traditional Indian sweets and snacks, such as the rich and thinly sliced Kaju Katli, spiral-shaped Jalebi, fragrant Gulab Jamun, and the fudge-textured delight of Milk Barfi.

Embrace the Deepavali Lights in Little India

Take yourself on a delightful journey to Little India after sunset to experience the mesmerizing Deepavali lights illuminating the surroundings. Immerse yourself in the festive ambiance and rich traditions of the Indian community.

Gift Shopping for Deepavali

The Deepavali Festival Village is the place to be for all your shopping needs. Imagine a dazzling array of stalls selling traditional Indian clothing, delicious snacks, exquisite handicrafts, and all the festive decorations you could ever want.

But that’s not all – there’s also a vibrant mix of traditional music, dance, and captivating artistic displays that celebrate Indian culture.

Date: will run till 9 Nov
Time: 10 AM to 10 PM

Date: 10 Nov – 11 Nov
Time: 10 AM to 1 AM
Location: Cambell Lane

Bazaar

Source: Miss Mina

Deepavali Food Bazaar

Get set for a mouthwatering adventure at the Deepavali Food Bazaar. Your taste buds are in for a wild ride with a symphony of flavours as you immerse yourself in the vibrant Deepavali celebrations.

But it’s not just about the food – it’s also a chance to hang out with fellow foodies who share your love for Indian cuisine. So let’s dig into some tasty dishes and soak up the festive vibes together! It’s a feast for the senses and a whole lot of fun with great company.

Date: will run till 11 Nov
Time: 2pm to 10pm
Location: Poli@Clive Street

Deepavali Fashion Show

Prepare to be dazzled by the sheer elegance of Indian fashion at the Deepavali Fashion Show!

Models will strut their stuff in a mix of North and South Indian designs, giving tradition a trendy twist that’s seriously stylish. So come on down to this fashion extravaganza, not just to grab some awesome Deepavali outfit ideas, but also to soak up the cultural vibes of clothing during festive times. It’s all about celebrating the beauty of Indian culture and its ever-evolving fashion game!

Date: October 21, 2023
Time: 6:30pm to 8pm
Location: Indian Heritage Centre

Deepavali Street Show

Don’t miss the cultural spectacle of Deepavali in Little India! Enjoy show-stopping performances that take to the streets, including classical Indian dance, traditional music, and lively folk dances that honour the festive spirit.

Date: 27 October, 2023
Time: 6.30pm to 8pm
Location: Outside IHC
Website: Deepavail Street Show

Live Culinary Show

Get your whole family excited for a culinary adventure that’ll make cooking truly come alive, and in a super fun and interactive way. Join the fantastic celebrity chef, Chef Arifin, for a live cooking demonstration and watch as your favorite Deepavali dishes come to life. You’ll not only pick up tips on ingredient selection and food prep techniques but also discover the art of balancing flavors and much more. Get ready to become a kitchen pro!

Date: November 4, 2023
Time: 4 PM – 5 PM
Location: Tekka Place, BACOS The Dine

Deepavali Big Bus Tour

If you’re looking for a bird’s eye view of the bustling precinct in all its dazzling glory, the Deepavali Big Bus Tour is a fantastic choice. This open-top bus tour offers excellent photo opportunities from the upper deck. Snap away while you soak in the vibrant atmosphere of this lively town and enjoy the cool breeze at the same time.

Dates: October 20 and 27, November 3 and 10, 2023
Time:7 PM – 8 PM & 8 PM – 9 PM
Registration: Book your tickets here
Cost: $10

Master the Art of Deepavali Dance

Ready to bring some Bollywood magic to the dance floor this Deepavali? Well, here’s the scoop – head over to Esplanade for the Bollywood Dance workshop.

It’s perfect for parents and kids aged 6 and above. And hey, if you’re a bit older and ready to bust a move, there’s another workshop for participants 13 years and above too.

Get ready to groove to those catchy Bollywood beats in this super fun workshop by Royalusion. Your whole crew is going to have a blast!

Bollywood Dance Workshop:

Date: November 18, 2023
Time: 11 AM
Location: Esplanade Annexe Studio
Cost: $15 per ticket

Bollywood Dance Parent-Child Workshop:

Date: November 19, 2023
Time: 11 AM
Location: Esplanade Annexe Studio
Cost: $30 per parent & child pair, $45 (1 adult + 2 children OR 2 adults + 1 child)
Registration: Click here to book your tickets

Deepavali Celebrations Right in Your Neighbourhood

If you and your family prefer celebrating without venturing too far, OnePA has an exciting lineup of local Deepavali festivities. They’ve got some awesome plans, including a community workout, Deepavali Nite, and more

Deepavali in Singapore is a time for family, tradition, and the beautiful glow of a united community. May the warmth of these celebrations stay with you throughout the year. Wishing you a memorable Festival of Lights!

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