Haven’t yet seen the street lights at Little India, but took a look at the decorations during the day. This year Deepavali falls on my uncle’s birthday, 26th October.
The peacock is the perfect majestic and auspicious symbol for Deepavali (known as Diwali in India). Just to explain, the difference lies in the language – Deepavali is Tamil and Diwali is Hindi and they both mean the Festival of Lights. The word originates from Sanskirt meaning rows of lights. The lights are metaphorical, meaning to light the way from sorrow to happiness. From evil to good. From negative to positive is how I like to look at it.
I can imagine how gorgeous the streets are going to look once night falls and all the lights come on. The words below in Tamil mean sweet Deepavali well wishes. And Deepavali is not the Hindu New Year. The Hindu New Year falls on April the 14th.
The lights start at Selegie Road.
And as you get nearer towards Little India, the peacock beckons. And I noticed this beautiful lush tree, plus the newly tarred road.
The decor includes the traditional lamp. And what would Serangoon Road be like without people jaywalking.