A trip to Singapore’s Little India is an outright attack on all your senses. The commotions, sounds, smells, and tastes will over stimulate you. It is by far one of the most authentic ethnic neighborhoods in Singapore and therefore draws a huge number of visitors each year. One of the special things to experience in this district is to experience the many festivals celebrated here. Therefore if you are coming down to Singapore then you must ensure you come down during the special times of the year when these festivals are celebrated, so that you can be a part of it. Here are the best festivals celebrated in Singapore’s Little India.
One of the most extreme things to do is to join the festival of Thaipusam in Singapore’s Little India. It is held each year during the full moon month in the lunar calendar around January or February. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community. It is celebrated to commemorate the day where the Hindu deity Murugan used his spear to vanquish for good the evil demon Soorapadam.
The reason why it is an extreme festival is that the male devotees will go into a trance and pierce their flesh with hooks and attach several ornate shrines on their body. They will then march across town in this daylong event. The event starts from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple located in Serangoon Road, and the procession will continue from there and will end at the Sri Thandayuthapani Temple located in Tank Road.
A merrier event is Deepavali, which is also known as the festival of light. This Hindu festival is a very important event with the Indian community. Because of its significance, this has been made a public holiday in Singapore during this time of the year when Deepavali is celebrated. The date of this festival is determined by the lunar calendar and by the Indian almanacs, and typically it is held somewhere between October and November. During this time, the entire Little India district is lit up with decorated lights, and many of the stalls and restaurants serve special festive fare that can only be found during this time of the year.
Also near the beginning of this festival, there is a mini festival called Thimithi in which male devotees take their chances and walk across a huge platform of burning coal! This is definitely one fire walking festival you should not miss to see. The procession starts from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple located on Serangoon Road.
If you are visiting Singapore during these festive seasons, then do take the opportunity to check out the mass celebrations in Singapore’s Little India. You will surely not regret it.