Deepavali, also known as the festival of lights, is a Hindu festival celebrated in Singapore's autumn season every year. The celebration of the festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Hindu families in Singapore decorate their houses a few weeks prior to the festival. On the actual day of the festival, they wake up early to have an oil bath ritual in order to cleanse their bodies of impurities and wear bright coloured clothes. They then offer prayers, exchange gifts and share sweets to celebrate the occasion.
Known as Tekka among the Indian Singaporean community, Little India is an ethnic district in Singapore filled with glee during this season. Welcoming streets with arches lit with a variety of lights are a pleasant sight bringing about the festive atmosphere. The enclave consists of decorated bazaars which have Indian products such as embroidered saris, golden oil lamps, floral garlands, oils and Indian spices among many other Indian products best suited for a time of festivity. Womenfolk get their hands applied with varied designs of henna tattoos at bazaars as part of the celebrations.
Considered as a symbol to inherit blessings, 'Kolam' or 'rangoli' is expected to be found in front of every Hindu home during Deepavali. Each entrance will have a form of coloured drawing created out of rice, flour or flower petals. Kolams vary from geometric patterns and floral shapes to finer versions which depict animals or nature.
Seasonal snacks like 'murukku' and 'athirasam' are also available at stalls during the festival.
IBTimes Singapore has compiled a list of images depicting Deepavali celebrations over the years.