Deepavali shopping at Little India
Hundreds of people thronged Little India for last-minute shopping on the eve of Deepavali 2004. Festive lights, stalls, henna hand painting... Many took the opportunity to get the best bargains and the freshest goods. But things were a little calmer on Deepavali Day as many headed to the temple offer their prayers. Many Hindus got up as early as 5 o'clock in the morning for their oil bath and to put on new clothes before visiting the temple. The temple priest said far more people showed up for temple prayers, in contrast to stallholders' complaints that there was a 20 to 30 percent drop in shopping business this year.