Monday 4 February 2013

Thaipusam 2013

Thaipusam is celebrated on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai, which fell on a Sunday this year.  This was perfect timing for hubby as this was first Thaipusam since we arrived on the Little Red Dot.

My previous blog post, was focused on the devotees carrying Kavadis and having piercings.  This year I focused not only on Kavadis, but on family and colours of the festival.

One thing I will never get over is how onlookers are made to feel welcome, there are free drink and food stations dotted along the way, and everyone is encouraged to partake.

We received these little snack packs from the procession attendees.

Two different types of Kavadis.  Wooden Kavadi on the left and Spiked Kavadi on the right.

The following pictures show both the colours of the festival and also shows how important it is to have support from their family.

Thought I'd leave these pictures until last.

The photo below shows just how heavy the Kavadis are and how devoted the carriers are to their religion.  This guy had probably been walking for about an hour.  He had to sit down (right in front of us) to rest his tired feet

Warning!  The next picture is not for the squeamish . . .

If you didn't make it to Thaipusam this year, make sure you see in 2014.
It's worth going!!!

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