Big buzz in Little India over Deepavali

Devotees offer their prayers at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Little India on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Devotees offer their prayers at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Little India on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Devotees pray at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple along Serangoon Road on Oct 18, 2014 -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Devotees pray at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple along Serangoon Road on Oct 18, 2014 -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Devotees offer their prayers at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Little India on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Devotees offer their prayers at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Little India on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Shoppers throng the bazaars for last minute purchases in Little India on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Shoppers throng the bazaars for last minute purchases in Little India on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Shoppers doing last minute shopping along Serangoon Road on Oct 18 before Deepavali. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Shoppers doing last minute shopping along Serangoon Road on Oct 18 before Deepavali. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Shoppers browsing festive decorations on sale in the crowded Deepavali bazaar along Campbell Lane in Little India for last minute purchases on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Shoppers browsing festive decorations on sale in the crowded Deepavali bazaar along Campbell Lane in Little India for last minute purchases on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Shoppers doing last minute shopping along Serangoon Road on Oct 18, before Deepavali. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Shoppers doing last minute shopping along Serangoon Road on Oct 18, before Deepavali. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Shoppers browsing festive decorations on sale in the crowded Deepavali bazaar along Campbell Lane in Little India for last minute purchases on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Shoppers browsing festive decorations on sale in the crowded Deepavali bazaar along Campbell Lane in Little India for last minute purchases on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Mr Jaya Ganes, 39, waiting for his wife outside a sari shop as his two-year-old daughter Shajeenthana took a nap last Saturday. Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, falls on Wednesday. Shoppers picking up deals in Little India, while a de
Mr Jaya Ganes, 39, waiting for his wife outside a sari shop as his two-year-old daughter Shajeenthana took a nap last Saturday. Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, falls on Wednesday. Shoppers picking up deals in Little India, while a devotee offers a prayer at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Serangoon Road. Shoppers browsing the snacks on sale at the crowded Deepavali bazaar in Campbell Lane last night. Traditional goodies, from deep-fried murukku to sweets made from milk and ghee, are a staple of the celebrations.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM, DESMOND LIM
Mr Jaya Ganes, 39, waiting for his wife outside a sari shop as his two-year-old daughter Shajeenthana took a nap last Saturday. Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, falls on Wednesday. Shoppers picking up deals in Little India, while a de
Mr Jaya Ganes, 39, waiting for his wife outside a sari shop as his two-year-old daughter Shajeenthana took a nap last Saturday. Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, falls on Wednesday. Shoppers picking up deals in Little India, while a devotee offers a prayer at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Serangoon Road. Shoppers browsing the snacks on sale at the crowded Deepavali bazaar in Campbell Lane last night. Traditional goodies, from deep-fried murukku to sweets made from milk and ghee, are a staple of the celebrations.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM, DESMOND LIM
Mr Jaya Ganes, 39, waiting for his wife outside a sari shop as his two-year-old daughter Shajeenthana took a nap last Saturday. Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, falls on Wednesday. Shoppers picking up deals in Little India, while a de
Mr Jaya Ganes, 39, waiting for his wife outside a sari shop as his two-year-old daughter Shajeenthana took a nap last Saturday. Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, falls on Wednesday. Shoppers picking up deals in Little India, while a devotee offers a prayer at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Serangoon Road. Shoppers browsing the snacks on sale at the crowded Deepavali bazaar in Campbell Lane last night. Traditional goodies, from deep-fried murukku to sweets made from milk and ghee, are a staple of the celebrations.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM, DESMOND LIM
Mr Jaya Ganes, 39, waiting for his wife outside a sari shop as his two-year-old daughter Shajeenthana took a nap last Saturday. Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, falls on Wednesday. Shoppers picking up deals in Little India, while a de
Mr Jaya Ganes, 39, waiting for his wife outside a sari shop as his two-year-old daughter Shajeenthana took a nap last Saturday. Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, falls on Wednesday. Shoppers picking up deals in Little India, while a devotee offers a prayer at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Serangoon Road. Shoppers browsing the snacks on sale at the crowded Deepavali bazaar in Campbell Lane last night. Traditional goodies, from deep-fried murukku to sweets made from milk and ghee, are a staple of the celebrations.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM, DESMOND LIM

Brightly-coloured bazaars, temple visits and the bustling Little India light-up usher in the Hindu festival of Deepavali, which falls on Wednesday.

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Deepavali celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, and good over evil.

At home, families light oil lamps and decorate their floors with rangoli or kolam, traditional patterns made with coloured rice flour or powder.

Traditional goodies, from deep-fried murukku to sweets made from milk and ghee, are a staple of the celebrations.

The festival is also a chance to bring some light into the lives of others, with the annual Project Give fund-raiser by self-help group the Singapore Indian Development Association.

A donation booth has been set up at the entrance of Little India Arcade in Serangoon Road to raise funds for low-income Indian Singaporean families.