Singaporean Mandarin Database

This database contains a collection of Mandarin terms which have cultural, historical or sentimental value unique to Singapore. These terms may be used by Singaporeans in the past or at present. Some of the terms are read in print while others are used in our everyday conversations.

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Deepavali

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释义

名词

新加坡印度人最重要和最盛大的节日,也称明灯节或万灯节,是新加坡公定假期。

DEFINITION

Noun

The largest and most important festival celebrated by Singaporean Indians, also known as the Festival of Lights. A public holiday in Singapore.

由来

屠妖节在新加坡称为“Deepavadi”(或“Deepavali”),意思是排列成行的油灯。这一节日是在泰米尔历的10月中旬至11月中旬之间,当天,家家户户在门口点燃油灯或蜡烛,庆祝光明战胜黑暗、善良战胜邪恶。在其起源地的印度,有几种不同的说法,在南印度人们欢庆光明的守护神克里斯南(Krishna)为他们除掉恶魔之王那拉卡(Naraka);在北印度则是出自于印度史诗《罗摩衍那》故事,作为庆祝英雄罗摩神杀死魔王罗波那(Ravana)的节日。新加坡印度人在这一天穿上新衣到庙宇祈福,也到亲戚家拜访和互赠糕饼糖果。

ETYMOLOGY

“Deepavadi” or “Deepavali” refers to rows of oil lamps. The festival generally falls between mid-tenth month and mid-eleventh month in the Tamil calendar. On that day, families would light oil lamps or candles at their doorsteps to celebrate the victory of light over the forces of darkness, and the victory of good over evil. At its place of origin in India, there are several different beliefs. The southern Indians celebrate the festival as the day when the Guardian God of Light Krishna overcame and destroyed the evil demon King Naraka. In northern India, the origin of the festival came from the legends in the Hindu epic Ramayana, where the hero Rama killed the demon king Ravana. On this day, Singaporean Indians will don new clothes and offer prayers at a temple. They would also visit their relatives to exchange gifts of cakes and sweets.

例句

七彩斑斓的灯饰沿着小印度的街道,在夜色中绽放出别样魅力,为一个月后的屠妖节掀开序幕。(《联合晚报》,21/9/2017)

SAMPLE SENTENCE

Colourful lights adorned the streets of Little India, adding extra dazzle to the night skies. This bright display of lights opens the month-long celebrations leading up to Deepavali. (Lianhe Wanbao, 21/9/2017)

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Photo courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board

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