The date varies but it is sometime in October or November that the Hindu festival of Deepavali is celebrated. During this period the streets of Little India are decorated with banners and lights, oil lamps are lit in the temples and homes to symbolize the triumph of good over evil, light over dark.
You will find food as cheap here as you will find anywhere in Singapore. It is especailly a good place to find vegetable dishes if you are a vegetarian like myself. If you eat where the locals eat be prepared to eat with your fingers of the right hand. If you use your left hand they will look at you really funny. At the more upscale restaurants silverware will be provided.
Most of the people that live here, live in a highrise apartment building. What amazes me is
looking up and seeing their laundry sticking out of the window on a pole. I sure hope the pole doesn't break!
If you hear a band playing and see people coming down Serangoon Road, amongst the traffic, stop and stare. It is probably a funeral parade. The Chinese believe the music will confuse the evil spirits as the person reaches its final destination.
IF you want people to stop and take notice of you on your last trip out of town, this is absolutely the way to go.
Order this traditional Indian tea with milk and have fun doing this!
Ten Tarik is served with 2 metal mugs (not very big) and you can pour the tea over the other mug while pulling them away from each other slowly.
This is for the aroma of the tea to come out stronger and also to cool the tea. It's encouraged to have at least 1 or 2 pulls. Try not to exceed 3 unless you really prefer a cooler tea.
Hindu auspicious days falls on Tuesdays and Fridays and the Hindu Gods are honoured with flower garlands on these days. Hindus will pay respect to the deities by putting the garlands on the latter.
In other occassions, offering flower garlands is a form welcome. Usally, members of the same gender garland each other, as a sign of respect.
In joyous occassions like wedding, the couple'll garland each other.
Rose, marigold and Jasmine, which symbolises love, peace and purity respectively, are commonly used in garlands