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Singapore Attraction: Little India

As the name promises, Little India is the centre for the Indian community in Singapore.

Little India is situated to the east of the Singapore River across Chinatown and is historically known to be the division where Tamil, Indian immigrants would reside under the British policy of ethnic segregation.

Although ethnic Tamils no longer tend to stay solely segregated in one place as previously. Little India differs from many other neighbourhoods in Singapore in many ways and is not merely a tourist attraction.

It has become the vibrant and colourful ethnic quarter always active for people of all races who wish to eat or buy something specific to Tamils culture, such as curry or Tamil clothing. For the sake of cultural heritage, many of the ethnically commercial and cottage industry are still in Little India for example the clusters of beautiful shop houses. Not forgetting it features Arabian- and Renaissance-style architecture.

You can also shop in the Mustafa shopping centre that is opened 24-hrs a day and 7-days a week which offers everything from fresh vegetables, meats, other groceries to furniture, electronic products, apparels, stationery, car accessories, and even jewellery.

The most extreme thing to do in Little India is to join the festival of Thaipusam, held yearly during the full moon in the lunar month of Thai (usually Jan/Feb). Around Deepavali, the Hindu festival of light, Serangoon Road is festively decorated with lights, and an open-air market is set up to sell Deepavali goodies. Like Thaipusam, the exact date is set by the lunar calendar, but it takes place in October/November and is a public holiday. Near the beginning of Deepavali, the fire walking festival of Thimithi is held.

A more low-key event happens every Sunday evening when half a million workers from the subcontinent turn up in Little India to have fun on their day off.