Festivities Around The World – January


Thaipusam, Batu Caves, Malaysia


Thaipusam “Thaipoosam” (Tamil: தைப்பூசம், Taippūcam ?) is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). It is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, South Africa, Guadalupe, Reunion, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar. The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam.

This particular star is at its highest point during the festival.The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.

The celebration starts a day before at night and the procession will proceed to Batu Caves from the various temples. The roads leading towards Batu Caves is usually jam. My suggestion for photographers, park further away and follow the procession. You’ll the journey capturing fascinating pictures are round.

APTOPIX Malaysia Thaipusam Festival