Little India to feature storytelling session, games for Deepavali

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Visitors to Little India during Deepavali celebrations will get to learn the story behind the Hindu festival and take part in traditional Indian street games this year.

A free 40-minute storytelling session, with local actors performing the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil on a miniature village set, will take place at a field on Clive Street on Oct 20 at 7pm.

The pedestrianised Campbell Lane will play host to a Little India Playstreet, where visitors will be able to play outdoor Indian folk games - like the marble game Goli - between 4pm and 6pm on the third Saturday of September to November.

The activities were announced yesterday as Serangoon Road's Deepavali light-up prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary from Sept 22 to Nov 25.

Serangoon Road and Race Course Road will be illuminated by about two million bulbs in seven different colours.

Mr Rajakumar Chandra, chairman of organiser Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association, said: "We wanted to make things interactive and fun for everyone."

Two main archways will also be erected on Serangoon Road.

Deepavali or Diwali, which falls on Nov 6 this year, is an ancient Hindu festival.

Celebrated by Hindus worldwide, the festival of lights signifies the victory of light over darkness.