Singapore 8th October 2010
Deepavali also known as Diwali, is the Indian festival of lights, a Hindu celebration of the triumph of light over dark or good over evil. According to Wikkipedia it officially means row of lamps in reference to the small clay oil lamps used in the celebration. Still according to Wikipedia the celebration is also the occasion where people ware new clothes, share sweets and snacks with the family and businesses start their new financial year hoping for prosperity in the following year.
In Singapore the streets in Little India have been lit up last night to mark the countdown to the actual celebrations early November. A sort of Chinese New Year for the Indian community you could say. Of course LED lights (rope lights mostly) are abundant as part of the decorations. I guess it wouldn’t surprise you that this year’s Deepavali light up is going green as well! You can see it coming… if you don’t throw “green” in the mix it is nowadays nearly a sin!
Besides that the street decorations include the traditional India oil lamps, lotus flowers and not to forget the Hindi Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi, the organisers also decided to go green. From the information I got, going green means switching to energy saving lamps and switching from yellow to white. No sure what it means as I have yet to go visit the place, but I assume that Sodium has been replaced by Compact Fluorescent and or LED lights. The thing is that using energy saving lamps is hardly called green anymore, it’s sort normal and common practice. But in these situation anything goes I guess to make the organisers look good and get the public on your hand.
In our lighting design we have recently used the Deepavali celebration of light as a lighting concept in one of our projects in India. Being representative of light and such important part of life in India it made total sense to translate the oil lamp tradition into a modern day version for the light up of a building.