Diwali this year will be extra special in Singapore, as Deepavali-themed trains return for a second year running. Land Transport Authority, part of Singapore’s Ministry of Transport, posted stunning pictures of the festive trains featuring gorgeous images of diyas, elephants, lotus flowers and colourful rangolison Facebook. But it’s not just trains that are Diwali-themed, but an entire train station and five buses as well. The trains and buses will remain decked up for the entire month of October. Scroll down to feast your eyes on the dazzling pictures.
“Celebrate the Festival of Lights with your own unique Deepavali commute this year! Our #Deepavali themed trains and station are back with a different but equally stunning decoration – featuring majestic elephants and rangoli motifs that symbolise luck,” writes the Land Transport Authority in a post Facebook.
Singapore is home to a sizeable expat Indian population and the themed trains and buses will run past the predominantly Indian neighbourhood, known as “Little India.”
“Catching the themed trains or buses? Hop off at Little India Station, and continue your Deepavali journey under the elegant street lights right outside,” adds the Land Transport Authority.
The festive trains and buses are a result of a collaboration with the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association and SBS Transit Ltd.
The pictures, which have collected well over 30,000 reactions on Facebook, are being appreciated by many.
“I took train today and I went ‘wow’…I’m so fascinated with all the artwork! Great job,” commented a third.
Diwali, or Deepavali, marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after a 14-year-long exile. This year, the Festival of Lights is being celebrated on October 19.