Usher in the Festival of Lights with the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) as we present an array of online and on-site activities to get you into the festive spirit, with Once Upon a Deepavali – Our Shared Stories. Deepavali is known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ because it celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, and it is celebrated by Hindus all over the world.

This year, our digital offerings will explore the unique ways that Deepavali is observed in Singapore by tapping on the collective memory of our communities, highlighting their stories, and engaging in conversations on what Deepavali and its customs and traditions mean to them.

Celebrate Deepavali at Indian Heritage Centre

Our on-site activities take place at the heart of Deepavali festivities in Singapore: Little India. Hop on our Trishaw Trails and revel in the sights and sounds as the precinct gears up to Deepavali! Head down to IHC on Campbell Lane to collect limited edition EZ-link cards, and money packets featuring the peacock design from this year’s Deepavali street light-up. Iniyia Deepavali Nal Vaazhthukkall (Happy Deepavali)!

For more information, visit here or IHC’s Facebook page.

Limited edition Deepavali-themed EZ-link cards and money packets
14 – 27 October 2020 (EZ-Link Cards)
28 October – 14 November 2020 (Money Packets)

Limited edition EZ-Link cards Indian Heritage Centre

Come on down to the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) to collect limited edition Deepavali-themed EZ-Link cards, and money packets featuring the peacock design from the Deepavali street light-up this year!

Simply drop by IHC, take a photo, upload it onto social media and tag us using #IHCDeepavali to redeem* your limited edition EZ-Link cards (14 – 27 October) and money packets (28 October – 14 November). Don’t forget to follow us on our social media as well!

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*Limited to one EZ-Link card and one set of money packets per person, whilst stocks last. Limited quantities available daily except on Mondays, when IHC is closed.

IHC Opening Hours
Tuesdays – Thursdays: 10am to 7pm
Fridays – Saturdays: 10am to 8pm
Sundays/Public Holidays: 10am to 4pm
Closed on Mondays


Friday Evening Trishaw Trails
16, 23, 30 October and 6 & 13 November 2020

Get into the festive mood this Deepavali with Indian Heritage Centre’s Trishaw Trails on Friday evenings!

Sit back, relax, and join us on a fun 15-minute trishaw ride every Friday evening from now till 13 November to soak in the festive atmosphere, and take in the sights and sounds of Little India as the precinct ushers in the Festival of Lights!

Trishaw Trails are free-of-charge, but registration is required on Peatix. A refundable deposit of $10 is required to book tickets. Registration will open every Monday for the corresponding trail on Friday.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Each trishaw requires and is limited to two passengers only
  • Trishaw Trail participants are to arrive at IHC 10 minutes before the start of the trail
  • Temperature checks for trail participants will be conducted upon arrival
  • The Trishaw Trail will begin and end at IHC
  • Face masks are to be worn throughout the duration of the Trishaw Trail
  • Trail duration is subject to traffic conditions and delays
  • Trishaws are sanitised between carrying each set of passengers
  • Safe distancing will be required throughout the experience
  • Trishaws are sheltered, and the trail will go on in the event of wet weather


Deepavali Bazaar Hunt
26 October 2020

The Deepavali Bazaar has gone digital this year, and IHC captures the festive buzz of people shopping to get ready for Deepavali in our Bazaar Hunt.

Try to spot all five elements nestled in the bustling Deepavali Bazaar scene: Rangoli/Kolam, New Clothes, Sparklers, Indian Snacks and Oil Lamps. Give it a shot!


Deepavali Throwback
Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 22 October 2020

Ever wondered how Deepavali was celebrated back in the day? Was #DeepavaliOOTD a thing? What about #FOMO shopping on the eve of Deepavali?

In this collaboration with Tamil Murasu, our weekly #Deepavali throwback posts feature images from the Singapore Press Holdings archives depicting various facets of Deepavali Celebrations in Singapore, which include shopping at Little India, celebrations at home, inviting friends and neighbours over, and savouring festive snacks and sweets.


Deepavali Music Video
4 November 2020

The Indian Heritage Centre has commissioned a special music video for Deepavali, featuring an original song composed by local musician Shabir.

The music video will touch on themes of celebration, the importance of heritage, and the Deepavali spirit in Singapore, representing the triumph of light over darkness.


Tekka Centre Video
21 October 2020

Why is Tekka Centre a must-visit destination during the Deepavali season?

What are the sights, sounds, and scents of Tekka Centre that make this an authentic experience of local Indian Culture?

Join us as we bring you through Tekka Centre: from shopping for ethnic outfits and tailoring essentials, to mouth-watering food!


Deepavali Fashion Styles Video
30 October 2020

Take a walk down memory lane as we recreate various Deepavali #OOTD of yesteryear in this video inspired by fashion styles from the 1970s to the present day.

Observe the evolution of sarees, accessories and hairdos through the decades.


Community Expressions Deepavali Edition
7 November 2020

IHC continues its digital Community Expressions programme for the year, featuring the festive food heritage of Indian festivals.

For Deepavali, we feature a celebrity Tamil couple, Vadivalagan and Vickneswari, cooking a festive dish as they reminisce about the celebrations.

Little India Night Trail Deepavali Edition Indian Heritage Centre


Home-based Celebrations Video
28 October 2020

Ever wondered how the various Indian sub-communities celebrate Deepavali? What are some of the unique customs and traditions they observe?

Through this series of videos, join different Indian families from the Tamil, Sikh, and Gujarati communities as they welcome you into their homes for an intimate experience of their Deepavali celebrations!


Deepavali Conversations Video
24 October 2020

What does one look forward to during Deepavali? What does Deepavali mean to those who celebrate it? Let’s have a conversation to find out more!

Join youths from the different Indian sub-communities as they have a chat about their Deepavali Stories and share memories, as well as how Deepavali celebrations may be different this year.


Deepavali Craft Video
25 October 2020

What is Deepavali without greeting cards and decorations?

Learn how to create your very own Deepavali Greeting cards and kolam/rangoli designs, in these craft videos for the whole family!

Photos credit: Indian Heritage Centre.

Deepavali falls on 14 November 2020 this year and here is our round-up of Deepavali events 2020 that you can look forward to in Singapore.

Deepavali at National Museum Singapore Lets Make Rangoli

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