This year, we went to see one of the best cultural events in the world, called Deepavali, celebrated by Hindus all around the world.

Every year, Singapore celebrates Deepavali with lights, gifts, food, and performing pooja (prayers). This year, we joined the experience in Singapore and it was fantastic! We walked through the lively streets of Little India filled with musical performances, street lights, colorful flowers and women wearing beautiful sarees. One of my favorite things was seeing Rangoli on each doorway in Little India. Rangoli is a patterned artwork made by colored rice, flour or flower petals.

We had delicious Biryani at Banana Leaf Apolo and saw Singaporeans celebrating Deepavali around us.

We visited a few Hindu temples and during Deepavali, you’ll see a rush of people offering their prayers.

The first one was Sri Veeramakaliamman temple, which was built in 1855 and is located in the heart of Little India.

Another temple was the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, which was built in 1859. Members of this temple follow Lord Muruga and created this temple in his honor.