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Little India Deepavali Light-Up 2022

Little India Deepavali Light Up 2022
Little India Deepavali Light Up 2022

A parade of auspicious peacocks to welcome the Festival of Lights at Little India Deepavali Light-Up 2022.

I post about this festive light-up every year, so for this round, let me begin in a different way. By sharing some mythology trivia.

In Hinduism, the peacock is regarded as one of the most auspicious and beautiful birds, a belief that has earned the majestic avian the status of the national bird of India.

It is often identified with Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth, as well as Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge. In the latter case, the peacock, or Citramekhala, symbolises dance and protection from snakes in iconographies. Also, the ability to transmute serpent poison into enlightenment.

When Hindu families display peacock feathers at home, it is an aspiration for wealth and prosperity.

Iconography of other key Hindu deities frequently features the peacock too. Kartikeya, the youthful God of War, rides one. Krishna, the eighth avatar of Preserver God Vishnu, has a peacock plume in his crown.

Lord Krishna’s defeat of the demon Narakasura is furthermore, one of the reasons for the celebration of Deepavali. The other “main story” is that of Rama and Sita triumphantly returning to the city of Ayodhya after a 14-year exile. Rama and Sita are the avatars of Vishnu and Lakshmi.

The gist of it, the peacock is inseparable from Hindu culture and religious beliefs, from Deepavali/Diwali too, and that’s why they always feature prominently at the Little India festive light-ups.

Visually, nothing beats their regal forms too, right? Few birds are as exotic or divine. If you believe in the associated mythology, their appearance during the Festival of Lights is also an annual gathering of blessings in one of Singapore’s most colourful ethnic districts.

Welcoming Deepavali 2022 at Little India

A closer look at the main festive arch at the Tekka Centre junction. The peacock and South Asian music instruments are the main motifs for 2022.
There are two giant peacock mascots this year. The first one is diagonally opposite Tekka Centre. He’s tough to photograph, though. There’s no open space before him. 🙁
The rest of the decorative light arches feature a lotus-inspired centerpiece. These are also accompanied by music instrument motifs.
Campbell Lane is as colourful and as festive as ever. The supersized flower garlands at Jothi always feel so exotic too, no matter how many times I’ve seen them.
There seem to be a lot more Hindu religious figurines on sale this year. (Seeing them made the mythology fan in me squeal)
The Indian Heritage Centre is also using the stately peacock to welcome Deepavali 2022.
This big dude is at Kinta Road and as you can see, he GLOWS with magical powers. (Oh, alright, the glow is a photo mistake of mine …)
Another look at the awesome tunnel of lights for this year’s Deepavali festive light-up.
Finally, this year’s celebrations promise to be more vibrant than the past two years, as the pandemic (so to speak) is mostly under control. Here’s a summary of what to look out for!

Little India Deepavali Light-Up ends on Nov 11, 2022.

Read my other Festive Celebrations in Singapore posts.

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Little India Deepavali Light-Up 2022 | The Scribbling Geek
Stately peacocks and classic Indian music instruments take centre stage at Little India Deepavali Light-Up 2022.


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