Singapore celebrates Diwali with this beautiful themed train!

This year, Singapore's famous Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) launched its first Diwali-themed train, decked with vibrant Indian motifs.

Written by Divya Goyal | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2016 12:08 pm
singa-diwali-theme-train_759_lta-fb The train features elegant elements such as intricate Indian jewellery, the lotus and peacock – a symbol of good luck. (Source: Land Transport Authority/Facebook)

Festivals bring people together, and keeping that spirit alive, the transport authority in Singapore has joined in on the Diwali celebrations in a unique way. This year, Singapore’s famous Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) launched its first Diwali-themed train on October 15. In a series of pictures that were shared on the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) Facebook page, one can see the decked up coaches with rangolis, diyas, festoons and the works.

In its official statement, Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore which manages its Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, says, “It is an effort to celebrate the Festival of Lights in a whole new illuminating way this year. We have launched our first Deepavali themed train and now people can experience part of the stunning decorations at Little India right inside the MRT.”

diwali-singa-metro-2016_009_820_lta-fb (Source: Land Transport Authority/Facebook)

The designs and decorations take inspiration from a similar style of festivity that’s exhibited in Singapore’s Little India area, which has a dense Indian population, as the name suggests. The train features elegant elements such as intricate Indian jewellery, the lotus and peacock – a symbol of good luck.

The themed train was launched by Singapore’s Minister for Transport, Khaw Boon Wan, and will run on the North East Line (NEL) till mid-November.

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The festivity and theme isn’t just restricted to the train either. Both the North East Line and Downtown Line platforms at Little India Station have been decorated with the same theme as well.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Singapore-based NRI Kamal Khanna said, “Little India is a small hub here where most of shops and establishments are owned by Singaporeans who are Indians by origin. Their ancestors migrated here decades ago. The Little India has two metro rail stations – North Eastern Line (NEL) and Downtown Line – and both have been beautifully decorated by LTA to celebrate Deepawali.’

However, the Singapore government has completely banned crackers which cause air and sound pollution. “There is strict enforcement of the ban and we cannot burst crackers here. We appreciate this step to celebrate eco-friendly Diwali,” he added.

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To add to this, gigantic Diwali-themed lights have been put up on the roads across Little India, with lotuses and peacocks adorning the top lights, while ornate columns and diyas line the road.

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For this fun-filled celebratory project, LTA has collaborated with the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LISHA) so as to get the decorations and designs just right.

In celebration of the occasion, LTA has collaborated with the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LISHA) to launch the Deepavali themed train.

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The initiative has been met with a lot of positivity, and the going by the reactions to the photos shared on Facebook, there is a lot of appreciation for the Diwali-themed train and stations.

“Every year there are great Diwali decorations here in Singapore especially at Little India but the special themed trains have been launched for the first time,” said Khanna.

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What do you think of this initiative? Tell us in the comments below.

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    Adarsh singh
    Oct 18, 2016 at 7:36 am
    if it happens in any indian city..govt will be bed communal..bangkok airport has samudra manthan depiction,and vishnu sclupture in big sizes..but at igi installing such was protested ..i sometime feel ashamed that we cant even celebrate out culture roots in name of secularism..latest in ramayan museum in ayodhya though 25 km away from disputed babri land(no significant tourist place of art and history is there where one can get and enjoy,even there is no shed if u visit that temple such is the status at the shrine of biggest religious icon of india)but it will be stopped but at the same house a "haj house" is being completed in lucknow with 100 of crores and same samajwadi party is oposing ramayana museum at ayodhya..i hope singapore makes one atlest we can visit there as in india it will be too communal task to make this..
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      Sarada
      Oct 20, 2016 at 7:35 am
      Keep up your good work Singapore. Show this world that you honour and respect the religion that most country don't take much notice off.
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        Vinit Bhatt
        Oct 18, 2016 at 3:49 am
        really good
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          NArayan
          Oct 17, 2016 at 11:14 am
          we have so many cities with metros,,,,,not even one of them are decorated with a theme during festivals...lt;br/gt;so much for showing that we are politically correct
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            NArayan
            Oct 17, 2016 at 11:14 am
            we have so many cities with metros,,,,,not even one of them are decorated with a theme during festivals...lt;br/gt;so much for showing that we are politically correct
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              MATHEW K
              Oct 18, 2016 at 6:57 am
              SINGAPORE LEADS IN SO MANY INNOVATIVE WAYS. THIS DECO ON ITS METRO TRAINS AND THE LITTLE INDIA AREA IS ANOTHER BRILLIANT IDEA FOR OTHER NATIONS TO EMULATE - WELL DONE THE LITTLE RED DOT
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                Mayank Verma
                Oct 18, 2016 at 1:39 pm
                Great ......! Incredible INDIA
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                  Badri
                  Oct 18, 2016 at 8:11 am
                  The party will support Haj house as it is the vote bank politics and the muslims do not have any brains and badly support them and also all leading media houses. The enemy for HIndus is only Hindu as we don't have unity among ourselves. It is high time for all Hindus to oppose anything in the name of secularism for one particular community.
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