Diwali, which is celebrated as the victory of good over evil & is celebrated in a befitting manner in north India. But, could you ever guess that this Indian festival of lights is also being celebrated out of the country with the same gusto! Hard to believe? Just check the below images from Singapore of this Diwali and see it for yourself.
For the second year running, Singapore is plying a Deepavali-themed train that displays some awesome Diwali artwork to brighten the interiors. And, this year, it is not only the train & five buses too that will carry this theme.
This totally Indian theme displays breathtaking Rangoli motifs, diyas(clay pots) and floral patterns on the walls and the ceilings. In addition, it exhibits decked-up elephants, lotus flowers and other Indian traditional patterns. Little wonder the pictures posted on the Facebook have garnered over 30,000 likes and comments.
This visual treat is the brainchild of Singapore’s Land Transport Authority, Ministry of Transport. The authorities plan to keep this artwork for the entire month of October, especially for Indians in Singapore.
A Facebook post by the Land Transport Authority states, “Celebrate the Festival of Lights with your own unique Deepavali commute this year! Our #Deepavali themed trains and station are back with a different by equally stunning decoration – featuring majestic elephants and Rangoli motifs that symbolize luck.”
Of course, the sizeable expat Indian population, that boasts of a predominantly Indian neighbourhood called ‘Little India’, is simply loving the importance given to their festival that marks the return of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman from a 14-year banishment.