• Pritam Singh

Deepavali Estate Walk

Updated: Dec 7, 2020

Nice to welcome some new volunteers during our estate walk in the Eunos ward of Aljunied GRC this morning which we conducted at some blocks around the Eunos Spring cluster. I do enjoy these weekend walks, where I share my thoughts on municipal matters and the trade-offs, shortcomings, compromises and solutions that have to be considered for the Town Council to deliver a pleasant living environment for residents.

We do bump into residents during estate walks of course and it was heart-warming to experience residents of different faiths and beliefs extending Deepavali wishes to their Indian neighbours and friends (me included!).

Sikhs also commemorate Deepavali or Diwali on the same day as our Hindu and Jain brothers and sisters but for different reasons. The day is celebrated as Bandi Chorr Divas or “day of liberation” which coincided with the 6th Sikh guru or spiritual leader leading the release from prison of 52 Hindu kings and princes who had been unjustly imprisoned. The episode symbolises the triumph of good and Sikhs also light lamps in honour of the occasion.

Whatever your faith, may Deepavali or the Festival of Lights bring peace, joy and happiness to you and your loved ones!

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