Festival of Singapore
Deepavali celebrates the victory of good over evil, symbolized by the legendary slaying of the oppressive Narakasura by Lord Krishna. It marks the beginning of the Indian New Year, and for the business community it is a time for settling debts. It is also believed that the souls of departed relatives descend to earth during this festival, and oil lamps are lit to guide them. Like the New Year festivals of Chinese and Muslim, it is celebrated with 'open-house' visits among friends of all races. Little India's temples and streets are decorated with spectacular display of lights, tinsel and garlands.
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