Deepavali is a major celebration that marks the triumph of good over evil. Homes are spruced up with oil lamps and rangolis, while everyone’s adorned in brand-new attire. Deepavali 2023 in Singapore is a long weekend too, which means that it’s also the perfect time to head out and explore our little island.
From open-top bus rides around Little India to a slew of cultural workshops and cooking classes, here are some fun ways to celebrate Deepavali in Singapore and one of the last long weekends of the year.
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01 • Deepavali Light-Up in Little India
Every year during the Deepavali season, Little India is splashed with various colours of celebration. The entire district undergoes a breathtaking glow-up, which is unmissable as you drive through the streets, especially in cars like the Polestar 2 or Mazda 3 which offer a great panoramic view from the comfort of your plush seats. Look out for the majestic and colourful peacocks guarding Serangoon Road that light up the night sky daily from 7pm to 12am. 🦚
Those who prefer taking a break from the wheels can opt for an enchanting ride through the charms of Little India aboard the Big Bus Tour. The ride ends at the doorstep of Gayatri Restaurant, where you can wrap up the evening with a hearty Indian dinner. Remember to use the $5 Gayatri Restaurant voucher that you’ll get when you sign up for the tour.
📞 Big Bus Tour contact: 6392 2246
⏰ Tour hours: 20 Oct and 27 Oct, 7pm – 8pm | 3 Nov and 10 Nov 2023, 8pm – 9pm
🌐 Website: deepavali.sg/big-bus-tour
02 • Deepavali Open House 2023 at the Indian Heritage Centre
Participating in cultural activities with your loved ones is a great way to experience the Deepavali spirit. This Deepavali in Singapore, head down to the Indian Heritage Centre for the Deepavali Open House 2023. The celebration lineup includes various cooking workshops, arts and crafts workshops, and dazzling cultural performances.
We’re particularly excited about learning how to make the iconic Hyderabadi mock meat biryani and golden crispy murukku!
📍 Address: 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924
📞 Phone: 6291 1601
⏰ Open House timings: 14 Oct to 12 Nov 2023, Mon to Thurs, 10am – 6pm
🌐 Website: indianheritage.gov.sg/en
03 • Carrara Cafe’s ice cream workshop
Feed your child’s curiosity at Carrara Cafe’s ice cream workshop where you’ll learn how to make your own ice cream from scratch.
Each workshop lasts for 2.5 hours and will take you through the steps to whipping up 2 out of 3 ice cream flavours of your choice — Cookies & Cream, Milo, or Horlicks. Once you’re done, indulge in a gelato and waffle buffet to your heart’s content at the cafe.
Enjoy 10% off with code GETGO10 when you sign up for the workshop in a group of 3 or more through Carrara Cafe’s website. See how to redeem.
📍 Address: Blk 2 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-5148, Singapore 150002
📞 Phone: 6250 9952
⏰ Opening hours: Sun to Thurs, 10am – 6pm | Fri and Sat, 11.30am – 10pm
🌐 Website: carraracafesg.com
🍴Halal status: Not halal
04 • Tour of the past at New World’s End
Travel 60 years back to witness the golden age of the legendary New World Amusement Park at New World’s End experiential tour by OH! Stories.
Follow Kiran and Rosa through their love story in this tale of yearning, loss, and regret. Accompanying you through the tour are 16 narration tracks in an MP3 player. The narrations are so well-made, they’ll make you feel like you’re actually living through the story.
Along the way, you’ll also discover the couple’s memories, like the glittering cabaret, dingy apartment, and the collapsed room of Hotel New World.
Here’s 15% off all tickets and add-ons with code GETGO15 when you book through OH! Stories’ website. See how to redeem.
📍 Address: 85 Desker Road, Singapore 209646
📞 Phone: 6250 9952
📧 Email: email@example.com
⏰ Opening hours: Wed to Sat, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
🌐 Website: ohstories.sg
05 • Suzuki Café
Tucked away in the industrial estate of west Singapore, Suzuki Café grew from a quaint kissaten (Japanese tearoom) to Singapore’s first coffee roastery in 1979.
Kick back with your friends in the café’s minimalistic and cosy atmosphere and savour the multiple taste profiles offered by the coffee master. If you’re a true blue coffee connoisseur, you’ll appreciate some of their speciality coffees, including Vanilla Tabi from Colombia and Kun Jin from Papua New Guinea.
📍 Address: 8 Chin Bee Avenue, Singapore 619934
📞 Phone: 9871 8315
⏰ Opening hours: Tues to Sun, 8.30am – 5.30pm | Closed on Monday and Public Holidays
🌐 Website: suzukicoffee.com.sg
🍴Halal status: Not halal
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Here’s to taking better charge of your travels and having one less thing to worry about this holiday!
Your GetGo Team 🪔