Best places in Singapore to experience Diwali this year

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Like with most other holidays with religious origins that are celebrated in Singapore, you don’t have to be a devotee to enjoy the Deepavali (Diwali) festivities. We tell you where and how you can truly immerse yourself in the Festival of Lights in Singapore this year.

Shopping and eating: Deepavali Festival Village

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Located in the heart of Little India, the Deepavali Festival Village showcases stall after stall offering beautiful traditional Indian costumes, colourful costume jewellery, ornamental decorations and fragrant floral garlands. Try traditional sweet and savoury delicacies (above) served to guests during Deepavali, and get intricate henna art done on the spot. This bustling street bazaar is definitely the place to be if you’re looking for an immersive ethnic Indian cultural experience and unique souvenirs.

When: Until October 17, 11am to 10pm

Where: Campbell Lane and Hastings Road

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Dazzling photo ops: Little India

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As the sky darkens every evening, the major thoroughfares in Little India come to life. This year, brilliant peacocks and colourful elephants (above) take centre stage. Look carefully and you may find Tusker’s Kingdom, where charming baby elephant statues can be found on the grounds around the Indian enclave. Remember to hashtag your posts #DeepavaliatSG2017. It’s arguably the most vibrant annual street light-up in the country’s cultural festival calendar, so don’t miss it!

When: Until November 12, 7pm to midnight

Where: Serangoon Road & Race Course Road

Deepavali eve street festival: Project Oasis @ Little India (POLI)

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On the eve of Deepavali, join the Little India community as they usher in the Festival of Lights at the POLI site on Clive Street. It starts with an afternoon of fun activities and cultural performances by local and international artistes. After sundown, amid a festive atmosphere full of colour and community spirit, Let’s Light-Up Little India invites everyone to light an oil lamp (above) and share good wishes for one another.

When: October 17, 4pm to 9pm

Where: POLI site, Clive Street

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Stamping fun: Singapore Philatelic Museum

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Just a stone’s throw away, it’s Deepavali Event Day at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, where you can learn about Indian history, heritage, traditional games, art and even cuisine via beautiful Deepavali-themed stamps. You can also design and colour your very own stamp with festival-inspired motifs and create rangoli sand art to take home. While exploring various exhibits around the museum, look for clues and take part in a fun culture quiz to win museum tokens.

When: October 18, 10am to 7pm

Where: 23-B Coleman Street

Festive dining: The Song of India

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Savour a celebratory degustation menu at The Song of India, South-east Asia’s first and only Michelin-star Indian restaurant. In tribute to regional Indian culinary roots, chef Manjunath Mural presents dishes such as Nargisi quail egg kofta (stuffed minced mutton), Mangalorean gassi (tiger prawns in coconut curry) and Kashmiri nadru (young lotus root in a coriander and mint cashew sauce). Local flavours are featured in dishes such as char-grilled laksa chicken kebab and sambal barramundi tikka (above), while a vegetarian version is also available. A selection of desserts, including tasting portions of mithai (Indian sweetmeats), end the meal on a sweet note.

When: October 18 to 22

Where: 33 Scotts Road

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Photos: Supplied, Lisha Facebook, Singapore Press Holdings

Story originally appeared on SilverKris.

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