This past week saw many Deepavali celebrations happening here in Singapore. Gardens By The Bay always have some creative displays, which change fairly frequently and embrace the many cultures and festivals that make up the unique Singaporean dynamic.
Together with a fellow blogger from ExpatKiwis.com, I headed to the amazing Flower Dome to check out the Indian Safari Floral Display, which will be in place until the 3rd November, 2014.
The display showed us the important cultural symbols of India, Elephants, Tigers, Peacocks, all made from flowers. Small round plaques gave us descriptions of the animals and their cultural and religious meanings. At first I was disappointed that it did not give detail of the Deepavali festival celebration and it's meaning. However, on reflection, I now see this display is to give a glimpse of Indian culture in general.
"According to the Hindu cosmology of ancient India, the earth is supported (and guarded) by mythical World Elephants at the compass points of the cardinal directions. The Elephant also represented wisdom in the form of the deity Ganesh, one of the most popular gods in the Hindu religion's pantheon"
To learn more about the impressive Flower Dome in general, click here.