Deepavali or Diwali? Going beyond vernacular

Some organisations have been using the non-vernacular terms "Diwali" (instead of Deepavali, left) and "Eid Mubarak" in greetings recently.
Some organisations have been using the non-vernacular terms "Diwali" (instead of Deepavali) and "Eid Mubarak" in greetings recently.PHOTOS: FACEBOOK

Deepavali or Diwali? Selamat Hari Raya or Eid Mubarak?

The Ministry of Communications and Information's "longstanding advice" to government agencies is to use local vernacular terms like Deepavali and Hari Raya in their public communications, it said in response to queries about the use of non-vernacular terms by public and private organisations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 04, 2019, with the headline 'Deepavali or Diwali? Going beyond vernacular'. Print Edition | Subscribe