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Deepavali more sombre this year due to safety measures, some mark occasion online

Some celebrated Deepavali by turning up at temples, others did so online at home

14/11/2020 5:43:00 PM

Some celebrated Deepavali by turning up at temples, others did so online at home

While some turned up at Hindu temples, more chose to perform their rituals online at home.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

While some turned up at Hindu temples on Saturday (Nov 14) to offer their prayers and usher in new beginnings, more chose to perform their rituals online, from the safety of their homes.When The Straits Times visited the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple on Tank Road, masked devotees kept a safe distance while offering their prayers.

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They also had to undergo temperature screening and follow a barricade system that directed the flow of worshippers.Deepavali has been"very muted" this year, said Mr Raja Segar, the Hindu Endowments Board's (HEB) chief executive officer."People understand the current situation and they are aware that they can't have big gatherings," he said."But some of them felt that they should spend a short time at the temples, and we wanted to allow them to do that."

At the four HEB-managed temples - Sri Mariamman Temple, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple and Sri Sivan Temple - visitors likewise observed safe management measures.Alternate livestreaming arrangement were provided to allow devotees, particularly seniors and those unable to make the journey down, to be part of the celebrations. headtopics.com

While many spent the day with their families, cleaning operations manager Ravi M G Rajasagaran chose to mark this Deepavali alongside migrant workers at dormitories here, including buying them food.He only headed home in the late evening to have dinner with his 30-year-old wife Mahaletchumi Asokan and two young children Theevinesshvaren Ravi, seven, and Luutikaa Naidu Ravi, four.

"The celebrations this year are different with Covid-19, but we are fortunate that we can spend it together," he added.More on this topic On Saturday, politicians here also took to social media to convey their well-wishes.Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam wished all Indians who celebrate the festival and"everyone who treasures Singapore's multicultural diversity" a happy Deepavali.

In his post, he recalled a visit two years ago to the ancient Hindu temple ruins of My Son in Vietnam.The temple complex is a reminder of the interaction of cultures that made today's Southeast Asia, said Mr Tharman."Some religions and cultures were ascendant for a time, depending on which kingdom was ruling, and which merchants were predominant. But fortunately, none of the cultures has been able to completely eradicate the others.

"They are all what has made Southeast Asia's heritage so rich and complex," he noted.Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition and Workers' Party chief Pritam Singh shared that it was heart-warming to experience residents of different faiths and beliefs extending Deepavali wishes to their Indian neighbours and friends during an estate walk in his Eunos ward. headtopics.com

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"Whatever your faith, may Deepavali or the Festival of Lights bring peace, joy and happiness to you and your loved ones."In a video, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan extended his wishes to Singaporeans at home and abroad. Read more: The Straits Times »

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