Singapore, officially known as the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian island country made up of 63 islands. It is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia’s Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south.
The population is highly diverse; the majority are Chinese with almost 75% of the total population, while Malays and Indians forming significant minorities.
Reflecting this diversity, the country has four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil.
Buddhism is the most widely practised religion in Singapore, with 33% of the resident population following Buddhism as religion.
Diwali celebration holds a significant place in the festival calendar of Singapore. It is celebrated as a National Holiday.
Diwali Celebrations in Singapore :
In Singapore, the festival of Lights is known as Deepavali. In Singapore most of the Indian population is Tamil and hence here you will see celebrations of Deepavali similar to that taking place in South India.
For Tamilians, out of the five days of Diwali festival, two days are most important – the Naraka Chaturdashi (day before Diwali) and the Diwali Amavasya Day.
Indian’s in Singapore celebrate Diwali by decorating their homes with lights and diyas. During Diwali, people wear new clothes, eat lots of sweets and delicious food, burst firecrackers, spent time with friends and family members, etc.
Many people of perform puja of goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras Day and then perform Lakshmi Ganesh Puja on Diwali Day.
There are around 18 temples in Singapore and hence during the festival of Diwali people also visit these temples to take blessings of God.
To mark the Diwali celebrations, “Little India” on Serangoon Road in Singapore, is decorated with lights, garlands and colorful arches. On Diwali day, people come here and enjoy the festival of Diwali, meet their friends and relatives and wish them Happy Diwali and burst crackers.