Deepavali, also known as ‘The Festival of Lights’ or ‘Diwali’, is the annual Hindu celebration signifying the triumph of light over darkness. Look forward to an amazing display of bright festive lights, decorations and installations as Hindus all over the world partake in this festival!

Deepavali falls on 24 October this year and here is our round-up of Deepavali events that you can look forward to in Singapore.

1. Celebrate Deepavali at the Indian Heritage Centre

Deepavali Open House Indian Heritage Centre 2022

What better way to celebrate the Festival of Lights than at the Indian Heritage Centre’s Deepavali Open House? Across the weekends in October, immerse in festive programmes for the whole family like craft workshops, cooking-demos, heritage trails, performances and evening trishaw rides! You can also snap photos with dazzling light installations and collect Deepavali-themed money packets. New highlight programmes this year include an open-top big bus tour of Little India, where you’ll get to explore the sights and sounds of the vibrant precinct.

Date: 4 weekends in October (1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 October) 2022
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
Admission is free for all during Open House days, but some programmes are chargeable.

For more information, visit Deepavali @ Indian Heritage Centre.


2. Deepavali Light Up @ Little India

Deepavali Street Light-Up 2022 at Little India

Catch the annual Deepavali light-up in Little India, which kicked off on September 16th. Stroll along the streets and you’ll see all kinds of colourful arches, bright lights. This year the theme is Indian Classical Musical Instruments.

Date: 16 September to 13 November 2022
Venue: Little India

For more information, visit Deepavali Light Up @ Little India 2022.


We are still in the midst of updating this post for Year 2022 events so do come back on a later date again for more events.

2. Deepavali Celebrations with the National Museum

Deepavali Celebrations with the National Museum 2021

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!

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

For more information, visit Deepavali Celebrations with the National Museum.


3. Istana Deepavali Open House

istana open house

Visitors who wish to visit the Istana will have to apply for tickets in advance. Tickets will be allocated by an electronic balloting system. There are no charges for the tickets. Ticket application will open from Monday, 25 October 2021, 10am to Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 10am.

Date: 4 November 2021
Venue: Istana

For more information, visit Istana Open House Dates.


4. Deepavali @ Pang Sua Pond

Deepavali Pang Sua Pond

Keep a lookout for the Bukit Panjang Town Deepavali Festival Light Up @ Pang Sua Pond! Lights will be switched on from 7pm to 10pm daily.

Date: 24 October to 22 November 2021
Venue: Pang Sua Pond

For more information, visit Deepavali Lightup at Pang Sua Pond.


6. Learn the Art of Indian Traditional Flower Tying!

Flower garlands play an integral role in Indian culture, often as a sign of blessing and honour or as religious offerings. Join us to learn more about the use of different types of flowers in Indian customs through a fresh flower display and enjoy making your own string of flowers!

This session is open to all ages and will be conducted in English. Sign up today!

Date: 6 November 2021
Time: 2pm – 6pm
Venue: Geylang Serai Heritage Gallery
AdmissionVenue: $5

Visit here for more information.



7. Kolam Painting Workshop

Kolam, which means “beauty” in Tamil and also known as Rangoli, is a floor drawing artwork made with coloured flour that adorns the entryways of homes during Deepavali or other celebratory festivals. Join us for an interactive hands-on session in person to learn to make your own Kolam art piece!

This session is open to all ages and will be conducted in English. Sign up today!

Date: 6 November 2021
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Venue: Geylang Serai Heritage Gallery
AdmissionVenue: $5

Visit here for more information.


8. Dance with Us: Oyilattam!

Oyilattam, meaning dance of grace, is an Indian traditional folk dance comprising elegant and rhythmic steps with the use of two handkerchiefs. Come join us for this lively Zoom dance workshop with your friends or family!

This workshop will be conducted in English and is open to all ages and fitness levels. Sign up today!

Date: 7 November 2021
Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Online
AdmissionVenue: Free

Visit here for more information.


9. Deepavali at Gardens by the Bay

Deepavali Gardens by the Bay Bharatanatyam Dance

Deepavali, which means “Festival of Lights”, celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and hope over despair. We can all use a little more light and hope in our lives, so join us in this celebration by participating in a plant trail, or enjoying the traditional performances on-site or online.

Date: Till 7 November 2021
Venue: Gardens by the Bay

For more information, visit Deepavali Celebration at Gardens by the Bay.


10. ACM Celebrates: Deepavali

ACM Celebrates - DeepavaliACM Celebrates – Deepavali. Image courtesy of Asian Civilisations Museum

Kick off the celebrations online with a special celebratory Bharatanatyam dance performance by the Temple of Fine Arts in Celebrating Light. Then, have a go at creating your own Mysore Pak, a popular dessert served during festivals, weddings, and other special occasions by following a recipe in Festive Treat, and design your own thoranam – a traditional South Indian decoration hung across a doorway during festivals – with an easy to follow template during Craft Time. Arts and culture lovers will also be able to learn and discover more about symbolic objects associated with the festival in an online Discovery Trail.

Lastly, if you find yourself in the Civic District over these next few days, be sure to drop by the Museum and admire the beautiful and vibrant Flower Rangoli display at the ACM lobby!

Date: 4 to 7 November 2021
Venue: Asian Civilisation Museum (On-site and Off-site)
Admission: Free


Note: All details are correct as at the time of publishing. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information, no guarantee is given nor responsibility is taken for errors or omissions in the compilation. Readers are advised to check with the respective event organisers for the most updated schedules, venues and details.

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