Best ways to experience Deepavali (Diwali) 2017 in Singapore

Oct 11, 2017

Like with most other holidays with religious origins that are celebrated in Singapore, you don’t have to be a devotee to enjoy the Deepavali festivities. We tell you where and how you can truly immerse yourself in the Festival of Lights in Singapore this year.

Shopping and eating: Deepavali Festival Village

Deepavali bazaar 2017 Singapore

Located in the heart of Little India, the Deepavali Festival Village showcases stall after stall offering beautiful traditional Indian costumes, colourful costume jewellery, ornamental decorations and fragrant floral garlands. Try traditional sweet and savoury delicacies (above) served to guests during Deepavali, and get intricate henna art done on the spot. This bustling street bazaar is definitely the place to be if you’re looking for an immersive ethnic Indian cultural experience and unique souvenirs.

When: Till October 17, 11am to 10pm
Where: Campbell Lane and Hastings Road
Nearest MRT station: Little India

Dazzling photo ops: Little India

deepavali light up singapore 2017

As the sky darkens every evening, the major thoroughfares in Little India come to life. This year, brilliant peacocks and colourful elephants (above) take centre stage. Look carefully and you may find Tusker’s Kingdom, where charming baby elephant statues can be found on the grounds around the Indian enclave. Remember to hashtag your posts #DeepavaliatSG2017. It’s arguably the most vibrant annual street light-up in the country’s cultural festival calendar, so don’t miss it!

When: Till November 12, 7pm to midnight
Where: Serangoon Road & Race Course Road
Nearest MRT station: Little India & Farrer Park

SEE ALSO: About Deepavali (Diwali), the Hindu Festival of Lights

Deepavali eve street festival: Project Oasis @ Little India (POLI)


On the eve of Deepavali, join the Little India community as they usher in the Festival of Lights at the POLI site on Clive Street. It starts with an afternoon of fun activities and cultural performances by local and international artistes. After sundown, amid a festive atmosphere full of colour and community spirit, Let’s Light-Up Little India invites everyone to light an oil lamp (above) and share good wishes for one another.

When: October 17, 4pm to 9pm
Where: POLI site, Clive Street
Nearest MRT station: Little India