Deepavali is an important day of Hindu calendar as it symbolises a time for renewal and rejoicing. Oil lamps are particularly important, since they guide the spirits of departed relatives to come back to earth. This is one of the best times to visit Little India as it will be decked out with fairy lights and jasmine garlands in time for celebrations. Witness the festivities with festive goods available around the area such as costumes, food, arts, crafts and other ethnic items. Temples such as the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple are also decorated as streams of worshippers come to pray to mark this festive period.
Bask in all the lights and purchase some of the sweet treats or even the traditional ethnic costumes like the saris. Get your hands henna painted and join in the Deepavali Street Parade. Deepavali is like a celebration of the New Year, hence, spring-cleaning, gift-exchanging and the opening up of homes for visitation and spending time with families also take place during this time. Other ethnicities are also welcomed to homes for a time of interaction and rekindling friendships.
In 2012, Deepavali is slated to fall on 13 November.