Deepavali in Singapore

The Chinese-Singaporean who is my host his week mentioned that next Monday was a public holiday. I didn't think twice about it, assuming it was Singapore Independence day or something. It took a visit to the Little India neighborhood to make me realize what the public holiday was for.

The Indian-Singaporean doorman of my hotel asked when I came back if I'd caught the celeberation at the local temple.  "We can't even use drums," he groused to me in Tamil, "we have to celebrate in a lawful manner".  He used the English word lawful.

Happy Lawful Deepavali.

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