5 Colourful ways to celebrate Deepavali 2021


By Natalie Khoo

5 Colourful ways to celebrate Deepavali 2021

After the toned down festivities last year, this Deepavali (also known as Diwali) calls for a grander celebration to usher in new beginnings ahead. From dining with your loved ones to shopping and gifting ideas, here’s a list of special events and activities to light up the town for the occasion.

1. Dine at a fine Indian restaurant with your loved ones

Let’s be real, what’s a festive season without feasting? Take your pick from our list of fine Indian restaurants to commemorate Deepavali with your favourite Indian dishes, from palak paneer and rogan josh to biryani and butter chicken. While you’re at it, don’t forget to stock up your home with these classic Indian snacks you’ll find at Deepavali open houses!

[READ: 8 Restaurants to check out for fine Indian cuisine in KL]

2. Discover the lights and delights at Pavilion REIT Malls

Pavilion KL’s Journey of Colours

Pavilion REIT Malls, which includes Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Da Men USJ and Intermark Mall, are going big for Deepavali this year with a host of colourful installations and festive pop-ups. Head over to Pavilion KL to discover its Journey of Colours, featuring the mall’s first-ever 500-metre long Kolam Runway connecting the Couture Pavilion and Connection via the iconic Pavilion Crystal Fountain. There are over 100 different kolam designs created by the students of Raffles College, INTI International College Subang, and INTI Centre of Art and Design—each representing Malaysia’s diversity, sacred symbols of the festival, and the triumph of light over darkness. For more information on ‘Journey of Colours’ activities, visit or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Da Men USJ’s Light of Happiness showcase

Meanwhile, Da Men USJ has prepared a Light of Happiness showcase featuring a 15ft by 15ft kolam design featuring a peacock—a symbol of beauty and elegance. Shoppers can also purchase festive treats and clothes, as well as get decked out in henna designs at Da Men’s Deepavali bazaar on the Lower Ground and Ground Floor. For more information on Da Men’s ‘Lights of Happiness’ activities, visit or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Intermark Mall’s Glorious Deepavali

Over at Intermark Mall, a Glorious Deepavali celebration awaits—highlighted by a kolam centrepiece made out of precious gems and jewels. The bejewelled decorations are accompanied by Deepavali pop-ups around the mall, including Carven Ong Couture’s fashion pop-up that offers ready-to-wear pieces from the designer’s couture collection. For more information on Glorious Diwali activities, visit, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

3. Glam up with Habib’s Deepavali collection

Jewellery has been a significant feature of Indian tradition for years, and Deepavali marks an auspicious day to purchase shiny new items, especially gold jewellery—symbolising the triumph of light over darkness. Recognising jewellery as an important element of Deepavali celebrations, Habib presents an array of dazzling collections for the festivities, in line with their campaign theme this year, Habib Goes Bollywood. The campaign highlights the popular Oro Italia 916 collection featuring Stella and Cavo bangles, Grande and Ananas gold necklaces, as well as dangling earrings—which perfectly complement vibrant and embellished sarees and lengha dresses. The Oro Italia 916 collection is available in 22k yellow, white and rose gold, alongside an exclusive diamond collection in 18K white gold.

For more information on the campaign or to shop the collection for Deepavali, visit the website.

4. Order PichaEats’ Deepavali specials

For the first time, social enterprise PichaEats will be introducing a Deepavali Specials menu prepared by Picha Chefs Nusrat, Zeenat, Sana and Salam—all of whom are refugees from various countries across Asia. There are six platters available for order for a limited time only from 15 October to 11 November, inspired by homemade recipes and signature dishes of the festive season. Among the platters include Zeenat’s Kebab & Fruit Chaat Platter, Sana’s Paani Poori Platter, and Salam’s Smoked Biryani Feast, offering dishes including Fruit Chaat, Paani Poori with Bajji, Chicken Biryani, and more. Orders will be delivered straight to your doorstep for a hassle-free Deepavali meal. Better yet, your purchase could help put food on a refugee family’s table!

To make an order, visit the website.

5. Surprise your friends and family with Godiva’s Festive Gold Gift Boxes

In the spirit of love and light, why not gift your loved ones a treat to light up their day? Godiva has curated a selection of Festive Gold Gift Boxes housing its range of decadent white, milk and dark chocolates with classic Belgian fillings for your gifting pleasure. You can also customise your own Diwali hampers to make it extra special for your loved ones—or yourself!

For orders and enquiries, contact [email protected].

Here’s wishing you a very happy Deepavali this year!

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