Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Little India is lit up every evening from Friday, 12 October 2007 to Sunday, 18 November 2007
further information on Deepavali is located at the end of this posting.
This is the best place to be at to soak up the Deepavali atmosphere.
You can see here (above) where Campbell Street has been totaly closed off to traffic, they have placed a 'roof' over the top and enclosed everything including the market stalls. (see below)
so many items for sale from scarves to ornaments to hangings to brassware, all very colourful!!!
Deepavali or "Festival of Lights" is annually held in November as to celebrate the triumph of Lord Krishna over the evil Narakasura. Lord Krishna symbolizes goodness while Narakasura represents evil; that's why it concerns with "lights," which clearly depict purity. So to speak, light will always win darkness and good can always conquer evil.
Deepavali is considered a most important day of Hindu calendar, and is arranged in Little India, another ethnic area of Singapore. It's times for rejoicing and renewal of especial Hindus and Sikhs. Of course, oil lamps play a unique part of this festival as it is believed that there are spirits of departed relatives who come back to earth and so the lights are the guidance for those wandering souls to their subsequent world. For the Indians, this festival is like a New Year celebration, while they welcome relatives and friends at their own homes for exchanging some blessings.
During this auspicious time, Serangoon Road in Little India and temples in that area such as Sri Veerama Kaliamman, Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman, and Sri Srinivasa Perumal are adorned with spectacular display of fairy lights, garlands of jasmine, and colorful arches to mark this festive period. People pour into Little India at night for celebrations, sightseeing, and festive goods such as costumes, food, furniture, arts, crafts, and jewelries.
Deepavali is taken into account of Singapore's important festivals for this time helps harmonize people, promote goodwill, and share understanding through various ethnic groups.
Friday, 16 November 2007
NORMAN family in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia 1911
Originally uploaded by Leone Fabre.
My grandmother was born on this day (16th November) in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia in 1900, her name being May Eileen Rose NORMAN, she is the one sitting in the chair on the right.
The complete family in this photo is:
James Arthur Edward NORMAN
born: 24 September 1877 in Barkstead, Victoria, Australia.
died: 31 January 1931 in Melbourne, Australia.
Mary Hannah Hudson EVANS
born:14 September 1878 in Costerfield, Victoria, Australia
died: 26 September 1969 at St Kilda, Australia.
daughter sitting on stool:
Elizabeth Jane NORMAN
born: 31 October 1906 in Perth, Australia
died: 8 August 2001 at Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia
daughter standing beside her father:
Alice Grace NORMAN
born: 26 August 1898 at Prahran, Victoria, Australia
died: 6 February 1952 at South Melbourne, Australia
daughter sitting in the chair - My Grandmother.
May Eileen Rose NORMAN
born:16 November 1900 at St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
died: 12 March 1985 in Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
Zac stretched out
Originally uploaded by J9Fabre.
...... AKA ZAC !!!
Zac belongs to Janine, but being the wonderful caring grandparents that we are, we love him to bits..... in fact as much as our own Pokey and Oscar.
This photo was taken by Janine in November 2007 at her home in Melbourne, Australia.