The bustling city-state of Singapore demonstrates its spiritual side with the Hindu festival of Pongal from January 14th to 17th.
Rooted in south Indian tradition and celebrated during the important month of Thai, the event lasts for four days and is a form of harvest festival.
On the first day, which celebrates Lord Indra, the symbolic act of cooking rice in a new pot is performed to draw together themes of new beginnings and of the relationship with the earth.
The fourth day brings the event to a lively climax as temples throughout Singapore reverberate with the sound of drumming and percussion shells being played in time to ancient rhythms.
To experience the city at its most reflective, the festival of Pongal should be on the itinerary of any visitor on Singapore tours at this special time of year.
Singapore – Enjoy the wonderful shops or explore Singapore’s colonial history, whatever you do end the day with a Singapore sling at Raffles.