WELCOME THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS WITH THE INDIAN HERITAGE CENTRE
Traditionally known as the ‘Festival of Lights’, Deepavali is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil; light over darkness; and knowledge over ignorance. This year, join the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) in its Deepavali celebrations, titled Welcoming Light, and take in the sights, sounds and revelry of the festival as we collectively usher light into our hearts and minds as individuals, as a community, and as a nation. From 1 October to 14 November, enjoy an exciting array of online programmes, and immerse yourself in the Deepavali spirit.
Light installation at IHC. Image credit to Indian Heritage Centre
A miniature replica of the Deepavali street light-up arch along Campbell Lane will welcome visitors to IHC. Featuring a decorated arch, along with peacock designs that extend from the institution’s entrance to its stairwell, the light installation serves as a warm greeting, inviting people from all walks of life to join in the festivities. It’s the perfect backdrop to take a Deepavali #OOTD, or for families to pose for their Deepavali photos.
If you are heading down to IHC this festive season, remember to snap a photo of yourself enjoying the festivities, upload it onto social media and hashtag #IHCDeepavali to redeem limited edition money packets featuring the arch and peacock designs from the light-up.
Drop-in Activity. Image credit to Indian Heritage Centre
Those celebrating from home will enjoy online offerings which invite everyone to discover and appreciate the cultural practices, traditions and meaning of Deepavali, which include:
- Deepavali Short Film
This specially commissioned short film follows a family as they epitomise the spirit, and immerse in the celebrations of the Festival of Lights.
- The Story of Deepavali
This video explores the various origin stories of Deepavali celebrations.
- Deepavali 101
Discover fun facts and learn all about the basics in this handy Deepavali guide.
- Evolution of the Deepavali Street Light-up
Learn about the history and evolution of the Deepavali street light-up in Singapore.
Deepavali showcase at IHC. Image credit to Indian Heritage Centre
Photos credit: Indian Heritage Centre.
Deepavali falls on 4 November 2021 this year and here is our round-up of Deepavali events 2021 that you can look forward to in Singapore.
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