As one of the most significant cultural festivals in Singapore, Deepavali (also known as “Diwali” or the “Festival of Lights”) is a celebration to mark the triumph of good over evil. It’s when Hindu families, all over the world, alter their homes into beacons of light, exchange gifts, share feasts of north and south Indian food and perform pooja (prayers) to Gods such as Lakshmi and Ganapati (also known as “Ganesha”), the goddess of fertility and prosperity and remover of obstacles respectively. Small replicas of Lord Ganesha is more commonly seen hanging from rearview mirrors of cars or trucks who belong to Hindus, served as a God of protection for them wherever they go.

Relatives and Friends Gathering

Families come together, all decked in their shiny accessories, brilliant coloured sarees and jippa (for men). To commemorate this widely celebrated event with fireworks, a delicious array of north and south Indian sweets and savouries and quality family time is what you will find in every household.

 

Decoration

Indian decorations can range from the traditional kolams to diyas to lanterns. Kolams (also known as Rangoli) are thought to bring prosperity to homes and are practised widely all over the world. Diyas are an important part of the festival whereby oil lamps are lit and placed all over the house especially as door entrances.

 

 

Feasting

There are countless different types of sweets and savouries that can be categorised into North and South Indian delicacies. Gulab Jamun, Halwa, Barfi, Rasmalai and Payasam are one of the few out of many Indian sweets there are global. As it is a time to celebrate with loved ones, most people cater to food as it is more convenient. Furthermore, there is a wide range of food delicious North and South Indian food to choose from.

 

South Indian catering provides food such as Briyani, Mutton Masala, Chicken or Fish Sambal, Aloo Gobi and Vegetable Dhalcha. Affordable and visually mouth-watering, there is a range of South Indian food to choose from the catering menu.

North Indian catering includes a variety of Naans such as plain, butter and garlic. These mouth-watering delights are commonly paired with Butter Chicken and/or Mutton Vindaloo. Aside from these, there are other options like Chicken Tikka, Gobi 65 and Ghee rice.

Not forgetting our vegetarian patrons, a vegetarian catering menu has been included and these are some of the delicious items on it: Briyani Rice, Sambar, Mock Mutton/Chicken/, Raitha, Tahu Sambal/Aloo Gobi and Masala Vadai. What’s outstandingly amazing is the Ladies Fingers Fry, which is a must to get or you’ll never know what you’ve been missing out on!

Celebrations

As we all know, Singapore – a small island, is filled with the diversity of different ethnic races. People come together to embrace and celebrate the Festival of Lights with a sumptuous spread of food and outstanding decorations. It is commonly celebrated in schools, community centres (RCs) and corporate companies that engage a diverse group of employees. These companies engage Indian food caterers to provide the best foods, for lunches or dinners, to ensure each and every one can embrace the beauty of this brilliant festival. It can also be seen along the streets of Little India, where decorations are bountiful, shops are brightly lit and vendors providing traditional wear, ethics, decorations.

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