Little India Deepavali Light-Up 2017 | Oct 16, 2017

Little India Deepavali Light Up 2017
Little India Deepavali Light Up 2017

Originally intended to write this post on Little India Deepavali Light-Up 2017 right after my Mid-Autumn festival ones, but was unfortunately ill for a fortnight, on top of being swarmed with office work. (Thus the lack of posts since early October. Excuses, excuses!)

Finally made my way there last night, though, before the big day is over and gone. The following are my photos from that brief, one-hour visit.

Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017
My usual “because I got there before dark” early evening shot. Love this showpiece, by the way. Update Jun 2018: The elephants seem to now be a permanent installation.
Serangoon Road, Early Evening
This was taken around 6.30 pm. You can see how crowded the streets already were.

Like the Mid-Autumn and Geylang Serai celebrations, the Little India Deepavali light-up is one of the major ethnic festive celebrations of Singapore, hosted yearly at the southern end of Serangoon Road.

For a brief period between 2012 and 2014, when I was involved with some community work, I visited the light-ups pretty regularly, and without fail, was always entranced by the vibrant mix of colours, smells and sounds.

Anyhow, while waiting for nightfall this year, I decided to try elbowing my way into the festive market at Campbell Lane. This ended up not being that great an idea – the alley full of festive shoppers, shoulder-to-shoulder. I barely covered a third of the market before forced to retreat.

Flower garlands at Buffalo Road, Singapore
Exotic garlands on sale.
Henna Painting at Little India Deepavali Festive Bazaar 2017
Henna Painting at the entrance to the Campbell Lane festive market.
Henna Painting in Singapore.
Gorgeous, isn’t it? It feels very … 3D.
Indian Oil Lamps at Campbell Lane Deepavali Festive Bazaar 2017.
Indian oil lamps on sale.
Deepavali Snacks in Singapore
Deepavali Festive snacks. I couldn’t get close enough to the stall keeper for samples. 🙁
Saraswati Statue on sale at Little India Deepavali festive market 2017, Singapore
Erm, I believe this is Lady Saraswati, Hindu Goddess of Wisdom. There were many objects for veneration on sale in the festive bazaar. (In Japan, she’s worshipped as Benzaitian, one of the seven lucky gods.)

Tekka Market and Food Centre

Abandoning Campbell Lane, I went over to Tekka Market and Food Centre. It was almost just as crowded. And equally as lively.

Tekka Market Saree Stores
Saree alley at Tekka Market. I think every colour of the Pantone chart is represented here.
Sarees and Punjabi dresses on sale at Tekka Market.
More sarees and punjabi dresses on sale! With price indications …
Festive sarees on sale at Tekka Market and Food Centre.
Ladies, wouldn’t you want to be in one of these?
Indian Gold Bangles.
Some gold to go along with the sarees.

And at 7 Pm …

Little India Deepavali Festive Decoration 2017
Mr. Elephant takes on a whole new look.
Serangoon Road Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017
The grand entrance for Little India Deepavali Light-Up 2017.
Serangoon Road Light-Up 2017
Further up Serangoon Road. Some HDR toning was applied to this shot.
Race Course Road Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017
Nearby Race Course Road was lit up for the Festival of Lights too.
Deepavali Festival of Lights in Singapore.
Another view of the grand entrance of Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2017. With human and vehicle traffic.

Hereby wishing all Hindu readers a Happy Deepavali/Diwali!
And if you happen to be in Singapore, this year’s Deepavali festive light-up is ongoing till November 12th. Go have a look!

Little India Deepavali Festive Light-Up 2018.

Read my other Festive Celebrations in Singapore posts.

Little India Deepavali Light-Up 2017
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Little India Deepavali Light-Up 2017
Went to Serangoon Road to check out Little India Deepavali Light-Up 2017. It was a potpourri of colours, scents, and festive human traffic!


  1. Happy to see you have a great Diwali this year. The photos are great. I believe the festival of light to be one of the great celebrations that takes place around the world.

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