Monday, February 09, 2009

Thaipusam



If you are wondering what festival the devotee in the photo above is celebrating, the answer is that he is celebrating the Hindu festival known as Thaipusam. According to Singapore Infopedia, "Thaipusam is actually derived from the word 'Thai' which means '10th', and 'pusam' meaning'when the moon is at its brightest'". This festival is dedicated to Lord Subramaniam, also known as Lord Murugan.

As best as I can make out from various sources and from speaking with a few of the devotees, Thaipusam is a day for thanksgiving, a day for the Hindus to show sincerity of their faith, a time to demonstrate repentence, and a time for making and fulfilling vows.

This year, Thaipusam was celebrated on 8 Feb 2009.

I managed to catch a part of the Chariot procession that took place on 7 Feb 2009, from 6 - 9 p.m., and a part of the Thaipusam procession that took place on 8 Feb 2009.

This year marks the very first year in my life when I was physically present to observe a Thaipusam celebration. While I take my time to work on writing out my experiences of observing the Thaipusam festival, please do visit Eastcoastlife's blog for her latest blog-entry on this subject of Thaipusam. The post is titled Thaipusam Festival 2009 - WS. Happy reading.

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References:
Thaipusam Singapore in Little India - A Festival for the Brave (e-tour Singapore)
Thaipusam - Singapore Infopedia, by Tan, Bonny.
Hindu Endowment Board - Thaipusam 2009

6 comments:

Doreen said...

I have never been to any Thaipusam festival in person. I'm always amazed by their devotion.

oceanskies79 said...

Doreen: Their devotion and faith earn my respect.

I have put up photos and videos that I had taken during this Thaipusam on my Facebook. You are invited to check them out.

EastCoastLife said...

I saw the photos on FB. You took good pictures of the festival.

I admired the participants for their devotion too. I witnessed the dismantling of their kavadis and I had to cover my eyes at time.

pinkie said...

I dun recall being in any before. Thanks for sharing, nice pics taken @ facebook. :)

noelbynature said...

hey PY, check out how Thaipusam is celebrated in Penang here: http://noelbynature.blogspot.com/2009/02/indian-men-dont-smile.html

oceanskies79 said...

Noel: Yes, thanks. I had checked it out.