Thaipusam is only two days away, and many devotees have begun flocking to temples to offer their prayers.
In line with the special day, here I present you with eight facts about Thaipusam that you may not otherwise know about..
1.Thaipusam actually derives from two words: “Thai”, meaning the 10th month in the Tamil calendar; and “Pusam”, is the time when the star is at its brightest.
2. Thaipusam is celebrated on the full moon day in the Tamil month of Thai which is around end of January to early February.
3. The festival honours Lord Murugan , the son of Lord Shiva. There are various legends associated with Thaipusam, most of them following a similar set of rituals.
4. Devotees wear yellow and orange colors significant to Lord Murugan.
5. Peacock feathers are used to decorate kavadis because peacock are per myth is Muruga’s vehicle.
6. A kavadi is made of two semi-circular pieces of wood or steel, which are bent and attached to a cross structure that will then be balanced on the shoulders of the devotee.
7. The tongue and cheeks are pierced by two symbolic skewers to show that a pilgrim sacrifices the gift of speech.
8. Many devotees have been preparing themselves for 48 days and fasting without any food for at least 24 hours prior to the festival.
For all of you planning on visiting Batu Caves or any or temples on Thaipusam please safe and remember to be rational and put in mind of others as well.
Nevertheless, wishing everyone a very Happy Thaipusam and to the rest happy holiday.
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