Thaipusam Festival

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Thaipusam Festival
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Living in multicultural and multi-racial Singapore gives us the chance to witness and celebrate different religious festivals. Celebrated by the Hindu devotees, Thaipusam is an annual festival held over two days, where devotees offer thanks and seek blessings. The event is traditionally a colorful affair, where devotees carry pots of milk or wooden 'kavadi,' decorated with flowers and peacock feathers balanced on their shoulders. To catch a glimpse of the Thaipusam Festival, station yourself anywhere between Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple at Serangoon Road and Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road, where devotees will walk the four and a half kilometers.
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ole12
Birmingham, UK301 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
There is a lot of information on line about the Hindu Thaipusam festival . It’s a moveable feast like the Christian Easter festival and takes place end of January/ start of February. I was lucky enough to be there this year..2020. I did a lot of research on line and even contacted the local tourism office but no one could give precise timings. The best place to go is Little India, Serangoon Road... it’ll have barriers all along the route. The participants go to the temple around midnight for prayers and piercings but I believe it’s not for the public. Get the MRT or a taxi to Little India.. the MRT station is by the route. I got there at 8.30am but the procession was still moving at 10 am and celebrating continued during the day.
Written February 10, 2020
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redBus
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2 contributions
Feb 2020
If you haven't been in Singapore during the Thaipusam festival, you should surely give it a try. The barefoot walk of Tamil people in Singapore carrying mil pots is not only a great spiritual experience but also thrill to watch. Thaipusam festival is celebrated in the month of January or February on a full moon day.
Written April 15, 2020
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Tim & Tina_Y
476 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Thaipusam festival celebrated by the Tamil and Malayali communities on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February), the date is different every years. The Hindu devotees start their procession in the early morning, carrying offerings like milk pots or piercing spikes on their body travelling from one temple to another.
It was a special celebration, where you can witness the devotees with piercing spikes walk along the streets, during their journey they will be blessed and dancing in some stations.
All are welcome to join and witness this celebration, the community is very generous to share their blessed food. Photo taking is allow but please treat this celebration with respect.
Written January 21, 2019
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Edward M
London, UK176 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
I have been aware of Thaipusam Festivals in various parts of South-east Asia for many years but had only ever seen the dramatic photos or brief video clips of elaborate processions and frenzied music/dancing. While in Singapore in February, I had my first chance to view this festival up close.
You can read up on the history and background elsewhere as I will comment here on the devotees who walked in a procession of about 4 km moving from one temple to another. Many bore the burden of an elaborate kavadi of various sizes (and heaviness) which was supported by spikes that seemingly pierced the skin. Many also had multiple piercings and other demonstrations of their devotion. There is an elaborate regime of fasting and other preparations for the procession which ends with a final burst of energy and dancing.
The unfamiliar might be forgiven for thinking it is all a bit extreme or even extremist but if you immersed yourself for a few hours hours in following the procession and understanding what lies behind, you would be struck by another impression. This is an event that devotees prepare for carefully and with the help of family and friends. Devotees sometimes struggled with their burden and others would appear immediately to offer assistance, a drink of water, encouragement or whatever was needed. The sheer humanity of the care and attentiveness awarded to those in the procession could not be missed. This was amplified by the care with which a kavadi was dismantled and lifted off the devotee by a group of dedicated helpers. It is one thing to see this festival from afar, it is quite another to see it up close. (However, I will add a reminder of the importance of maintaining a respectful distance and unobtrusiveness at such events, a point unfortunately lost on some travelers.)
Written July 20, 2017
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PostcardsFromPD
Brighton, UK2,025 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated annually on the full moon of the Tamil month - Jan/Feb.

We felt very lucky to have seen this festival in Singapore. Similar events are held in KL and other areas but can be very busy so difficult to witness an experience this.

We arrived at the corner of the Tekka Centre at around 9am and saw the majority of the precession which went on until around 11am. I believe it started at 8am.

The atmosphere was wonderful with live music, drumming and crowds of people watching, singing and cheering the men and women devotees.

Many undertake various 'burdens' or Kavadi; some of which includes carrying milk pots, being hooked or pierced, or carrying a decorative metal structure. The procession moves through Little India, whilst those performing the act of devotion are in a trace-like state.

Incredible to witness and be part of the atmosphere.
Written February 10, 2016
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lianne y
Greater London, UK211 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
Words cannot express how amazing Little India is, the food, the overall entertainment and attitude. Little India is the centre of a large Indian community in Singapore and is one of the most colourful attractive places to visit in Singapore.

I came here for dinner unaware the festival was taking place, and hoe impressed was I! The town itself is breathtaking, the people are amazing and polite and always smiling. The area has many temples and market stores for attraction to tourist which are a must see. The "Thaipusam" festival was magical and I feel very honoured to have witnessed and experienced it first hand.

Little India also provides more low-key events on Sundays,however the low key is a under expression as it is simply amazing. The crowds are friendly and it does have police around as it gets so busy. The locals will also help you find your way and assist you with anything.

DO NOT MISS LITTLE INDIA ON YOUR VISIT TO SINGAPORE.
Written January 23, 2017
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minkovich
new york city, new york66 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
The best place to view Thaipusam is not on the parade route, but rather at the start at the temple where people prepare, meaning, insert hooks and rods into themselves prior to the parade. To put it tritely, this has to be seen to be believed. Around 8PM, people start parading with milk pots. The "heavy-duty" piercing activities start around 2AM and end around 9AM in the temple area. It is a once in a lifetime experience that cannot be forgotten. Photography is possible in the early morning hours, but the light is better starting around 7AM.
Written February 2, 2016
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YMT890
Taichung, Taiwan45 contributions
Jan 2016
這此旅行,正好遇到這特殊的節慶及遊行,整個小印度區都擠滿了人,還有免費的餐點供人食用.每個主角身上都有很驚人的裝飾,用針刺進皮膚,以支撐裝飾品,或是以針刺穿舌頭及臉頰,實在驚人,能看到這印度的重大節慶,也算是此次旅遊的一大收穫.We met the spacial holiday in little India. It's so amazing. I was so glad I could see the parade.
Written January 31, 2016
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