5 Deepavali 2020 Celebrations in Singapore to Check Out with your Kids

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Whether you’re celebrating Deepavali or not, here is a list of festive activities you can enjoy with your family!

Well-known as the Festival of Lights, Deepavali is the celebration of the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. During the festival, families perform prayers light up lamps around their house and share feasts with their loved ones. Anyone can join in the celebrations and this year, with many events going digital, it’s much easier to join in! 

Here are 5 events happening in the virtual world and around Singapore that you can check out with your little ones! 

1. Saturdays@ACM: Light vs Dark

Saturdays@ACM: Light vs Dark
Photo credits Asian Civilisations Museum

Location: Online 
 31 Oct – 27 Nov 2020
Hour: All-day
Fee: Free

In celebration of the Festival of Lights, Asian Civilisations Museum presents Saturdays@ACM: Light vs Dark. Get ready for Deepavali! Create your own Kolam or Rangoli-inspired decoration with our video tutorial. Welcome the Festival of Lights at ACM.

2. Celebrate Deepavali with Spice & Everything Nice!

Celebrate Deepavali with Spice & Everything Nice!
Photo credits National Museum of Singapore

Location: Online & On-site
Date: 7 Nov – 9 Nov 2020
Hour: 10.30 am onwards
Fee: Free

The National Museum of Singapore is celebrating Deepavali with Spice & Everything Nice! In this digital celebration, you will get to hear a lively exchange between an Ayurvedic practitioner and a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner about the similarities and differences between the two practices as well as the use of spices in dishes. 

You can try your hand at creating a colourful piece of artwork after witnessing rangoli artist Priya use colourful powder and spices that are featured in the museum’s William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings to create a many-hued piece of rangoli!

3. Community on Colours – Rangoli Art Installation

Community on Colours – Rangoli Art Installation
Photo credits LiSHA

Location: POLI @ Hindoo Road
Date: 31 Oct – 6 Dec 2020
Hour: All-day
Fee: Free

Created using materials such as coloured rice, coloured sand and flowers, Rangoli art often adorns the entryways of houses during Hindu festivals such as Deepavali. If you need inspiration for your rangoli masterpiece or just want to admire vibrant artworks, the Community on Colours – Rangoli Art Installation is where you want to be. The installation will feature a variety of beautiful and intricate rangoli designs created by members of various Voluntary Welfare Organisations.

The exhibition is coordinated by renowned and acclaimed Rangoli artist Vijaya Mohan, who holds a Guinness World Record for the largest Rangoli in the world and 7 other Singapore records in various categories. 

4. Colours in Bloom: Rangoli-inspired Terracotta Pots Workshop

Colours in Bloom: Rangoli-inspired Terracotta Pots Workshop
Photo credits Gardens by the Bay

Location: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date: 14 Nov 2020 (registration closes: 9 Nov 2020)
Hour: 2.00 pm – 3.15 pm 
Fee: $30 (inclusive of materials)

This Festival of Lights, you can get crafty and paint your own decorative terracotta pots with rangoli-inspired designs! This workshop is part of the Colours in Bloom series that is held every 2nd Saturday of the month. 

5. Dheebam – Deepavali Story

Dheebam – Deepavali Story
Photo credits LiSHA

Location: Online
Date: 7 Nov 2020
Hour: 7 pm 
Fee: Free

Dheebam is a live retelling of the Deepavali Story performed in English and this year, it’s going virtual! Featuring special props, catchy dances and scenes pre-recorded from locations around Little India, this colourful drama also allows its audience to play a part in the performance! Stay tuned to LiSHA’s Facebook page to join in the story. 



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Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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