Thaipusam is a festival that is celebrated by most Hindu’s around the world – especially the South Indian community. Thaipusam which can also be referred to as a spiritual festival is where Hindu devotees will fulfill their vows by piercing their bodies, carrying Kavadi’s and carrying milk pots “pal-kudom” that will be offered to Lord Muruga. Devotees will also carry friuits,jaw sticks, milks, garlands and break hundreds of coconuts as a form of offering to the Lord. Thaipusam is celebrated every year to show their devotion and endeavor by fasting , purifying themselves and following vegetarianism.
Celebrated very grandly in Malaysia at the Batu Caves temple in KL, Penang Temple near the Botanical Gardens and Ipoh, devotees and visitors will usually spend their whole day within the temple compounds or near the roadsides pantel as there will be various stalls along the road towards the temple which will be selling drinks, food, clothings, accessories and at the same time distributing thousands of free foods and drinks to all the passer by’s, devotees and local.
In Malaysia, you won’t only see the Hindu’s participating in the rituals but as well as some Chinese and English devotees as well who will be seen carrying Kavadi’s or piercing their body in order to fulfill their vow. So to be a part of the millions of crowd attending this festival, you will just need to travel to Malaysia during the month of January or February – where the Thaipusam festival will be celebrated.