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On this day, Hindus pay homage to Lord Muruga and
celebrations normally stretch over two to three days with
drums and music played throughout the day and sometimes into
the night. In Malaysia and Singapore, you will see thousands
of devotees at Hindu temples. A prominent feature of the
festival is the carrying of kavadis after sunset on the eve
of Thaipusam. This ritual is done as a form of penance or to
keep a promise for a prayer fulfilled. The kavadis are
wooden or steel structures gaily decorated with coloured
paper, fragrant flowers and fresh fruits. Some devotees
pierce their cheeks, tongues, bodies or foreheads with metal
needles or hooks while in a trance. Itís an incredible sight
which you have to see to believe.
Best place to see this is
at Batu Caves (KL/ Selangor); Penang (Pulau Pinang; Sungai Petani
(Kedah) and Ipoh (Perak).
It is probably the most popular festival - enjoyed by
tourists and devotees.
in Malaysia here
Celebrations in Malaysia here
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