Ignite all five of your senses and immerse yourselves in the festive mood of Deepavali!

LOOK for this festive sweet in our gallery and share with us a memory of your Deepavali celebrations to receive a specially-illustrated portrait of yourself!

Deepavali Celebrations with the National Museum 2021

Get in TOUCH with your artistic side in creating your own diya (tealight candle holder) as a keepsake.

Enjoy a fascinating Odissi dance performance by Soo Mei Fei and HEAR her tell a story of how light triumphs over darkness.

SMELL the aroma as second-generation business Jeya Spices speaks about custom-blended spice mixes, and be surprised by the common ingredients shared in preparing festive favourites across the different ethnic festivals.

Have fun creating laddu, a traditional sweet enjoyed during Deepavali and TASTE your creation when you get home!

Date: 11 to 31 October 2021
Venue: National Museum of Singapore

For more information, visit here.

LOOK – We Celebrate: Deepavali [FULL]
30 Oct | 11am – 6pm
Level 2, space next to Glass Rotunda

Go on a mini hunt around the museum’s Level 2 galleries and LOOK for this special Deepavali sweet. Share with us a memory of meeting and gathering with friends and family during your festive celebrations, and receive a specially-illustrated portrait of yourself in a traditional Indian costume!

Suitable for participants aged 13 and above. Please remember to maintain safe distancing and keep your masks on at all times.

Visit here to register now!


TOUCH – Diya Painting
30 Oct | 11am – 6pm
Gallery Theatre

During the festival of lights, diyas (tealight candle holder) are a familiar sight in the homes of celebrants. Express your creativity and get in TOUCH with your artistic selves by painting your own diya.

Limited spaces available. Each ticket entitles one pair of participants to a set of craft materials. Please ensure that social distancing and SMM are observed at all times. Participants are reminded to keep their masks on during the session.

Visit here to register now!


HEAR – Odissi: A Tale of Light over Darkness [On-site Performance is FULL]
30 Oct | 4.30 – 5.30pm
Gallery Theatre | Also on NMS Facebook Livestream

Watch this captivating performance by Soo Mei Fei, who first picked up classical Indian dance in secondary school. Overcoming cultural barriers, she fell in love with this art form and has continued her interest until today.

Catch her interpretation of an Odissi performance called Dashavatar and HEAR two different folktales relating to Deepavali. From Northern India is a story of how Rama’s return to Ayodhya sparks a celebration, while its Southern counterpart is an account of Krishna’s victory over Narakusara, both of which feature the triumph of light over darkness.

Limited spaces available onsite. Please ensure that social distancing and SMM is observed at all times. Participants are reminded not to interact or approach the performer during the programme and to wear a mask at all times.

Visit here to register now! [FULL]

This programme will be livestreamed concurrently on the NMS Facebook page.

Photo credit: National Museum of Singapore

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.

Celebrate Deepavali at Indian Heritage Centre

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