A couple of weeks ago, Hayley and I happened to have an overnight lay over in Singapore on the way back from our holiday from Timor-Leste. Singapore is a country which we had visited quite a few times in the last few years, so we did wonder what else we could do.
We decided to stay at our favourite district (Little India), which turned out to be an amazing choice, since the local community was getting ready to celebrate Dewali (also spell Deepavali). It means festival of light in which people literally put out light (mainly oil lamps) as part of the decoration. Dewali is one of the largest Hindu festivals and people normally go and celebrate it in style.
Visiting the Dewali Market
We highly recommend you guys to visit the market if you are there. We thoroughly enjoyed it. In a sense it added an extra dimension to the Little India which we have known. (Previously, we were there after the festival, so the markets were gone). We loved the decorations and the fact that people were getting ready to celebrate the festival.
Of course, we got to see a lot of traditional handicrafts and house decorations. The most important of which are the Ganesh status. It is the most well-known god in the Hindi religion and it is the one with an elephant headed and a body of a man.
There were many small shops and street side stall selling a lot of traditional Indian food too! We enjoyed looking and tasting some of them. Particularly, Hayley and I loved those Indian treats like the barfi and gulab jamun. Yes, they were very yummy and sweet.
Other Interesting Places at Little India
Apart from many of the Hindu temples in Little India, we came across Kampong Kapor Methodist Church that was started by the Chinese in 1890s. From afar, we thought it was an Islamic Mosque because of the minuet at the top of the building. But on the closer look, there was a cross above the entrance of the building. It was at that point we realised it was a church. It was said this church survived the bombings during World War II and many of the Japanese soldiers attended the Sunday church service. No-one was sure whether the soldiers were genuinely interested in the religion, but many said they were making sure the congregation was not plotting something against the Japanese.
Across the road from the church was came across this banner and we initially thought it was some kind of action film. Then when I looked at it, it turn out it was a police recruitment banner hanging outside the police station. Seem rather over dramatic and I’m sure the Singaporean police would get these kind of actions all the time.
Have you been to Singapore? Or have you experienced the Dewali market in Singapore or elsewhere? Comment below.