Monday, February 13, 2012

Thaipusam 2012: Devotion (Part 3)

Location: Little India, Singapore
Pictures taken on 6th and 7th Feb 2012
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Information text on Thaipusam courtesy of Wikipedia.
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Thaipusam (Tamil: தைப்பூசம்) is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February).

On the day of the festival, devotees will undertake a pilgrimage along a set route while engaging in various acts of devotion, notably carrying various types of kavadi (burdens). At its simplest this may entail carrying a pot of milk (known as Paal Kadum), but mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with vel skewers is also common.


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