Festivals and Temples

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The Hindu temple in Little India, easily recognisable by the amazing detailed and colourful sculptures, is beautiful and surprisingly serene for an inner city location. Also Deepavali (De-PAR-va-Lee)   or the 'Celebration of Lights' occurs around Oct/Nov and, being a Hindu celebration (the majority of Indians are Hindu) this is best experienced in Little India. Deepavali marks the triumph of Good over Evil in Hindu mythology, people are happy and festive and the whole district is decorated with lights and flowers. Lanterns, candles, incense, cakes and everything else is sold in huge Night Markets that are set up for the festival.

 

Other festivals include Chinese New Year which is fantastic all over the world and in Singapore it’s no different. The Lantern Festival is also great, both beautiful a surreal. Children make paper lanterns and there a stalls everywhere selling intricate ones. Hit the Gardens around the city to see lantern sculptures lighting up the parks and lakes.

 

There is another fantasic temple in China Town surrounded by gorgeous old shophouses. As soon as you walk in you feel serenity settle upon you. Remeber never to step on the large doorstep as it releases bad spirits!

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