Singapore Life (VI)

Durga Puja. Little India. Singapore. The wide variety of nationalities, ethnicities and religions that co-exist in Singapore makes up a cosmopolitan and multi-racial society where everybody has place.

This multi-ethnic, multi-religion environment also causes a continuous celebration in the neighborhoods of the city. Less than one month ago, we were celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival, last Sunday was time for visiting Little India to celebrate the Durga Puja holiday, an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. The dates of Durga Puja celebrations are set according to the traditional Hindu calendar and the fortnight corresponding to the festival is called Devi Paksha. Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.

Tomorrow is a national holiday day in Singapore and this time is the Muslim celebration Hari Raya Haji otherwise known as the “Festival of Sacrifice”, is celebrated over a period of three days by Muslims all over the world. It commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in the name of God.