SINGAPORE: People of different races and religions joined Deepavali celebrations at the historic Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple in Ceylon Road on Saturday (Oct 29).
Fifty volunteers from the South East Development Council (CDC) got a guided tour of the temple, which dates back to the 1850s, and learned more about Hindu practices and the significance of Deepavali.
The visit was part of South East CDC's efforts to build greater awareness and appreciation of different cultural and religious beliefs in Singapore.
Said the district's mayor Dr Maliki Osman: "We want to make sure that we don’t take our social cohesion and religious harmony for granted. We must make sure that Singaporeans appreciate that harmony."
The temple itself reflects the multiracial nature of Singapore society.
Dr Maliki noted that when the temple was being rebuilt in 2003, it had donors not only from the Hindu community, but also the Muslim and Christian communities.
Deepavali, also known as Diwali or Festival of Lights, marks the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
In a Facebook post on Saturday morning, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wished all who celebrate the Festival of Lights a Happy Deepavali.