Indian Heritage Centre celebrates Deepavali with Instagrammable mini replica of street light-up

The celebrations of the Festival of Light at the centre runs from Oct 1 to Nov 14.

Naren Sankar

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Published: 6 October 2021, 12:32 PM

As part of its Deepavali celebrations, the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) has set up a miniature replica of the Deepavali street light-up arch along Campbell Lane.

Featuring a decorated arch, along with peacock designs that extend from the institution’s entrance to its stairwell, the Instagrammable light installation serves as a warm greeting, inviting people from all walks of life to join in the festivities.

The installation will be at the centre from now until Nov 14 to coincide with the centre’s Deepavali activities.

The floor has rangoli stickers. The rangoli represents the happiness, positivity and liveliness of a household. PHOTO CREDIT: INDIAN HERITAGE CENTRE

Called Welcoming Light, the IHC’s celebrations include other activities.

A Little India Trishaw Trail, a fun 15-minute trishaw ride, will allow you to experience the sights and sounds of Little India as the precinct ushers in the Festival of Lights. This takes place every Friday in October between 6pm and 8pm, with the last ride at 7.45pm.

Tickets are priced at $10 and entitles two passengers for the 15-minute ride. It can be purchased from the IHC website.

The Paper Garland craft workshop allows you to create your own paper garland using crepe paper provided at the workshop. This happens on Oct 23 and Oct 30, from 10.30am to 12pm.

For those who are wary of COVID-19 and would like to stay home as much as possible, there are online offerings that allow you to discover and appreciate the cultural practices, traditions and meaning of Deepavali.

The online activities include a Deepavali short film which follows a family as they immerse themselves in the celebration of the Festival of Lights. You can also learn about the history and evolution of the Deepavali street light-up in Singapore.

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