LED there be light

Lights, camera... time to snap away. Deepavali celebrations got off to a sparkling start in Little India last night with a light-up ceremony featuring a dazzling display of 1.5 million LED lights lining the streets. The event graced by President Tony
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Lights, camera... time to snap away. Deepavali celebrations got off to a sparkling start in Little India last night with a light-up ceremony featuring a dazzling display of 1.5 million LED lights lining the streets.

The event graced by President Tony Tan Keng Yam showcased traditional and cultural performances by local and foreign celebrities.

Taking pride of place was the main arch at the entrance of Serangoon Road, with a lotus in the centre, flanked by peacocks.

The celebrations this year will be held until Nov 12, and close to three million people are expected to flock to the Little India area during this period.

The Festival of Lights, which marks the triumph of good over evil, falls on Oct 29 this year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 18, 2016, with the headline 'LED there be light'. Print Edition | Subscribe