Top Reads Of The Week Deepavali Special: The Festival Of Lights

Diwali, or Deepavali, as we celebrate it here in Singapore, is a festival that is brimming with breathtaking culture and heritage. An occasion marked by beautiful lights, not only on the streets of Little India but also in the heartlands all around the island. And the lights are only a small part of what makes this commemorative day special. There are also delicious sweets and colourful dresses that brightens up the mood even more.

In fact, as I just got to know this year, it is celebrated for five consecutive days! In the lead up to the festive days, families will clean up their homes and decorate the porches or front of their homes with the most stunning ‘rangolis’ (like the one in the main image), a beautiful geometric art form that consists of coloured rice, dyed sands, quartz powder as well as flower petals. To top it all off, lighted candles to illuminate the magnificent decoration.

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The thing that warms my heart the most is the smiles. Yes, even as we go through challenging times, the smiles that I see around me while everyone rejoices during these festivities are nothing short of genuine. It feels as though life isn’t as difficult as it seems to be, and as long as we have family and friends around us, we should appreciate every smile that we come across.

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Thus, this Deepavali, it has taught me an invaluable lesson I would love to share with everyone. As the day commemorates the virtue of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance, no matter which holiday or occasion we celebrate, there are so many cultures we can share our joy and happiness with. That is what makes us humans beings strong. Even in times of hardship, no matter how dark it might get, there will always be light when we appreciate those around us.

I would like to wish everyone, especially my Hindu friends, a Happy Deepavali!

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Isabelle Larche

Managing Director, Recruitment & Executive Search at Timeo-Performance

Isabelle is a Human Performance expert, with over 10 years of professional recruitment experience, and 15 years of Business Management Consulting experience. Isabelle is the Vice President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Trade Counsellor (Singapore Chapter) to the French Embassy.

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