The Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore has made special arrangements to celebrate the festival of lights with a unique Diwali commute this year. The Diwali-themed trains and station carry stunning decorations featuring majestic elephants and rangoli motifs that symbolise luck. The themed trains have been running from October 1 and will continue till the end of the month. LTA have also made something extra special this year by launching five Diwali-themed buses specially for the festival. Check out the photos for a visual treat.
1. To celebrate Diwali, LTA has collaborated with the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LISHA) and SBS Transit Ltd to launch two Diwali-themed trains on North East Line (NEL) and Downtown Line (DTL).
2. The Diwali-themed trains feature rangoli motifs on the floor of the coaches.
3. Artwork of majestic elephants on board offer a spectacular visual treat.
4. Adding something extra special for the festival, LTA has also launched 5 Diwali-themed buses this year.
5. The buses, too, have been decorated with similar motifs. Greetings have also been written in Tamil, the dominant language of the Indian-origin people of Singapore.
6. The buses ply through areas such as Harbourfront, Clementi, Tampines, Hougang and Little India.
7. After hopping on the themed trains or buses, one can alight at NEL and DTL Little India Station to admire the stunning decorations at the train platforms.
8. And to complete the unique Diwali journey, one can head outside to soak in the festivities under the dazzling street lights at Little India!
Little India is an ethnic district in Singapore. It is located east of the Singapore River and north of Kampong Glam. It is commonly known as Tekka in the Indian Singaporean community. Little India is distinct from the Chulia Kampong area, which was originally a division of colonial Singapore where ethnic Indian immigrants would reside under the British policy of ethnic segregation. However, as Chulia Kampong became more crowded and competition for land escalated, many ethnic Indians moved into what is now known as Little India.