thaipusam kavadi

The celebration of Hindu Thaipusam festival 2015 in Penang, Malaysia is a Hindu festival commemorating the event when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel spear in order to defeat Soorapadman the devil. However, there are also misconceptions among people that Thaipusam is the celebration of the birthday of Murugan. The festival is celebrated by the Tamil community during full moon in the month of Tamil of the Thai people. Thamil falls in January and February. Thaipusam festival is prominent in countries teeming with Tamil community. It includes India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and. Below is a blog about the celebration of Hindu Thaipusam festival 2015 in Penang, Malaysia.

The celebration of Hindu Thaipusam festival 2015 in Penang, Malaysia is one of the major festivals in the country. It was celebrated on the 17th of January, which fell on Friday. It also coincides with the full moon. It is also a public holiday in the sates of Putrajaya, Naegeri, Sembilan, Johor, Perak, and Selangior and Wilayah Kuala lumpur. Since it is a major celebration in Malaysia, I believe the day calls for a special attention from the Tamil community.

thaipusam girl holding mild

The Act of Penance

Devotees carry the kavadi, the prominent way of doing penance in Malaysia. I have here included the four types of kayadi to make you envision yourself doing the penance of the Hindu during Thaipusam festival.

Idumban kavadi are pots that are filled with milk placed on a rod while the devotee carries it to their shoulder.

The ayil kadi is similar with the first one only that it has peacock feathers as its decoration.

The Pal kavadi is milk-filled pot that is carried by the devoted in one side of their shoulder only.

Pushpa kavadi is carried on the head.

However not all devotee performs the kayadi. There are also celebrants who prefer simpler way such as sacrificial act like piercing skewers to their tongues and cheeks and shaving their heads. I guess these act of sacrifices are compensation for the answered prayers of the Hindu. The Hindu who  asked  Lord Subramanian for help such as recovery form sickness, asking for forgiveness and for infertile couples do these act of  penance as thanksgiving to their lord.

Thaipusam throw coconut 2015

It takes Miles

The Celebration Hindu thaipusam festival 2015 in Penang, Malaysia started with a procession on the eve of the celebration. The procession began in Sri mahamariman Temple. The leaders of the procession are Lord Muruga’s idol. The devotees will carry their kavadi or their preferred ac of penance. I can’t imagine myself in the 9.5 miles journey that will require 8 days for them to reach their destination.

If you are planning to attend their next celebration, the Malaysian will surely welcome you not only with their festive costumes but also with variety of foods from ethnic groups. I’ll tell you, you would want to have a taste of the delicacies from the Gourmet canter.

If you did not make it on the celebration Hindu Thaipusam festival 2015 in Penang, Malaysia, there are always plans for next year. Come to Malaysia and savor the sights and sounds of Thaipusam festival.