Holiday greetings: Happy Deepavali to our Hindu friends

Deepavali, or Diwali, is the Hindu festival of lights and is a public holiday in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

This is the signboard at the entrance of my residential estate - wishing Hindu residents a Happy Deepavali. Taken with an HTC One max smartphone - which debuted in Singapore today. The two flare spots at the bottom are due to two spotlights shining on it.

This is the signboard at the entrance of my residential estate – wishing Hindu residents a Happy Deepavali. Taken with an HTC One max smartphone – which debuted in Singapore today. The two flare spots at the bottom are due to two spotlights shining on it.

The word “Diwali” is the shortened form of “Deepavali” which literally means “row of lamps”.

The festival commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna over the tyrant King Narakasura in ancient India and is symbolic of the triumph of good over evil – and light over darkness.

Indians wear new clothes and paint their hands with henna, treat themselves and each other to sweets and snacks, while the streets are alit with bazaars and light to celebrate the festival.

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