Diwali in India is being celebrated from years on and the eagerness and enthusiasm with which we await the festival has not reduced. The day is considered as a gala and people revamp their whole day. Households will be abuzz with activities- kids running around, mouth watering fragrances wafting from the kitchen, boxes of fireworks all stacked up and much more. People take much effort to decorate their homes and refurnish the houses according to the financial condition. It is a strong belief that the goddess of wealth, Goddess Lakshmi will only grace the clean and welcoming households. This time of the year you can see rangolis adorning the doorways, flowers and garlands welcoming wealth and prosperity into their homes. Diwali is also synonymous with lights and fireworks. Earthen clay lamps are used to lighten the house and spread brightness and hope and you can see the skies sparkling with fireworks. This tradition has been followed in India from century after century ever since the return of Lord Rama from his exile. It is seen as a symbol of the rich Indian culture and is a significant landmark in the Hindu mythology.
This Indian tradition has become a trend across the globe. The festival has crossed the 7 seas and reached the western countries, where it is now being celebrated in a grand manner. The most popular celebration which has raised many eyebrows is the Diwali festivities in Singapore. The country hosted the 2016 Diwali celebrations in grandeur with lots of innovation and creativity. Singapore has come out with a brilliant idea of honouring Diwali with a diwali-themed train. Though a small nation in the world map, the country has accomplished much in the long run and is famous for electrical gadgets and goods. It left no stone unturned during last year’s Diwali celebration with the Land Transport Authority joining hands to spread a festive feel throughout the nation. They launched a themed train in the country and celebrated the festival in a grand manner. With more than 15% of Singapore’s population comprising of Indians, this initiative by Singapore has strengthened the ties between the two countries.
The themed train itself is a wonder for you to revel in. The interiors of the train were made vibrant and colourful with beautiful rangolis adorning the floor of the train. The ceilings are not left alone where there are beautiful strokes of the brush which will leave you awe struck. Adding to this beauty is the walls of the train. Where usually advertisements and plain colours would be present, they were replaced with splendid floral designs and colourful images of Diwali celebration. The glass windows were decorated with plastic and paper flower garlands giving a completely festive look. Apart from the interiors, the stations were also revamped to spread the feel of Diwali with intricately drawn and painted designs of peacocks, diyas, flowers and patterns. Little India was not to be left back in the celebrations where the streets would be filled with huge Diwali themed lights. This hub of Indian culture and tradition had been beautifully decorated to celebrate the festival of lights. The Singapore government has banned crackers as it causes pollution and so to compensate for that, this majestic and splendid themed train and stations to celebrate eco friendly Diwali. So, let’s wait and watch what Singapore has in store for us this Diwali.