Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The goddess of wealth smiles at Little India in Singapore

Scene on the Serangoon Road in Singapore during the Festival of Lights celebrationsSingapore trips the light fantastic during the Hindu
celebrations of the Deepavali, or Festival of Lights

Nobody really loses anything when putting into practice the things that are believed to bring good luck. Fortune may come one’s way, or it may not. But being in Singapore for the Festival of Lights this November at least puts one in a position not to antagonize Lakshmi the Goddess of Wealth.

Called Deepavali in the Hindu world, the Singapore Festival of Lights is celebrated in the Little India district of the island through the lighting up of grand arches and fireworks on the streets of Singapore, which is believed to attract the Hindu goddess of wealth.

Center of the celebrations is at the vicinity of the Serangoon Road in Singapore, where the bric-a-brac stalls, curio and sweet shops, restaurants, and bookshops of what has come to be known as the Little India arcade form the winding alleys of great buys and great haunts.

Grand arches in the Little India District gets lighted up at the start of the Singapore Festival of LightsThe Little India district in Singapore gets lighted up,
which is believed to attract the Hindu goddess of wealth Lakshmi

The Little India district is situated between the Serangoon Plaza and the Mustafa Shopping Centre along Serangoon Road, Singapore. It is accessible via the Farrer Park MRT station. For hotel accommodation at the center of the celebrations, the Singapore hotel of the Claremont stands at the same neighborhood as the Little India.

The Claremont hotel in Singapore is a complete-amenity hotel that boasts of upscale accommodation, modern conveniences, and classic hospitality. Each Claremont Hotel room is secured by a key card system and equipped with a room safe for a confident Singapore day out.

Accommodations at the Claremont Hotel likewise allow guests to avail world-class hotel services that include a room service menu featuring South Indian, North Indian and Chinese cuisine, House Doctor on call 24 hours, all-day and all-night Front Desk, and airport transfer on request.

Singapore, having a Hindu population of 15 percent, is not exactly the Mecca of the Deepavali Celebrations. The lively Singapore street scene, however, and the bazaars at Little India make sure that this Singapore festivity will not fail in extravagance.

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