Saturday, January 30, 2010

Thaipusam Festival

Thaipusam Festival: "

Believe me. Thaipusam Singapore-style is one Festival that can give you goosebumps. No where else will you see people piercing themselves with so many types of sharp objects.

It is extremely spectacular, but a little overwhelming if you have a weak stomach. For me, it is a fascinating festival to watch. Thaipusam usually falls in January or February. If you are visiting during this season, be sure to see the Thaipusam Singapore Festiva!

Meaning of Thaipusam 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.