Thaipusam | click away if you're not a fan of brutally body piercing
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January 30th, 2010 – by: herman_munster
From Johor Bahru Malaysia where my bro's place I took a local bus to City Plaza Johor bahru then walked passing JB Sentral,a new customs, immigration and quarantine complex (CIQ) known as the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and took a bus to Singapore via the causeway.
I was catching my flight to Phuket from Singapore and stayed in Singapore Little India. Upon arriving at the hostel, the were parade of Indian Thaipusam celebration along the main street.Its Hindu festival mostly celebrated by Tamil community on the full moon of Tamil month. Thaipusam actually celebrates the birthday of the Hindu deity Subramaniam. On this occasion, Hindus show the sincerity of their faith. It is a time for making and fulfilling vows. Devotees pray for divine help and make vows. When their prayers are answered, they fulfil their vows.
To do this, a devotee would pierce his cheeks, tongue, face or other suitable body parts with sharp objects. Next his friends or relatives load a kavadi on his shoulder. Finally, in a trance-like manner, he goes on a 4km journey of faith. A Kavadi is a cage-like structure carried by devotees during the Thaipusam parade.
That day the parade festival continued till before midnight.
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