Deepavali in Singapore

Hi tourists,

Do you know what is the festival of Deepavali all about?

Lord Rama

Also known as Diwali or the Festival of Lights, it is the most important festival in the Hindu religion and it is to mark the  the return of Lord Rama, along with Sita and Lakshmana, from his 14-year-long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana.

Rama’s life and journey is one of perfect adherence to dharma despite harsh tests of life and time. He is pictured as the ideal man and the perfect human. For the sake of his father’s honour, Rama abandons his claim to Kosala’s throne to serve an exile of fourteen years in the forest. His wife Sita and brother Lakshmana join him and they spend the fourteen years in exile together. One day, Sita is kidnapped by Ravana, the Rakshasa  monarch of Lanka. After a long and arduous search that tests his personal strength and virtue, Rama fights an epic l war against Ravana’s armies. In a war of powerful and magical beings, greatly destructive weaponry and battles, Rama finally destroys Ravana and frees his wife. His exile completed, Rama returns to be crowned king in Ayodhya (the capital of his kingdom) and eventually becomes emperor. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas and by bursting firecrackers. This is also why Deepavali can be translated to mean “row of lamps” because people lit many oil lamps to commemorate this.

So you guys, light up too or join in with the celebrations!

Have loads of fun,

Kusu

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