Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is an important religious and cultural holiday that is observed in Singapore, especially by the Indian population. It is sometimes referred to as the Festival of Lights and is very significant in Hinduism as a representation of the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
Deepavali in 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026:
|13 Nov||Monday||Deepavali Holiday|
|9 Nov||Monday||Deepavali Holiday|
These dates are estimated. We will update this page once the official announcement is out.
Deepavali is a public holiday in Singapore, where it is celebrated in a vivacious style. Depending on the lunar calendar, the celebration often takes place between October and November. Homes, temples, and public areas are decorated in bright hues, with elaborate rangoli (colored powder) patterns, and with rows of oil lights called diyas in the days preceding Deepavali. This represents the celebration of Lord Rama’s welcome home following his triumph over the evil king Ravana.
Families get together to create delectable traditional foods and treats, clean and decorate their houses, and exchange gifts. Shopping areas, especially Little India, come to life with lively marketplaces selling a variety of holiday gifts, outfits, and decorations.
Lighting lamps is one of the main Deepavali customs since it is said to bring good fortune and drive away evil. Families get together to worship, give traditional sweets and fruits to the gods, and ask for their blessings on health and wealth.
The government and local organizations in Singapore have arranged a variety of cultural events and activities to celebrate Deepavali with those beyond the Indian community. These occasions feature light shows, cultural performances, and exhibitions of traditional music and dance. They provide a fantastic chance for individuals from all walks of life to get into the festive mood and discover more about the elaborate customs of Indian culture.
In Singapore, Deepavali is a time of happiness, solidarity, and cultural exchange that reflects the nation’s diversity and dedication to honoring its many ethnic and religious traditions.