I have been in Singapore for over three years now. Though Singapore is small but it is culturally diverse. If there is one festival that I look forward to every year it is Thaipusam. I have been attending Thaipusam for past two years and I attended it this year again. You can read reports and historical significance of the festival here.
Thaipusam is a Tamil festival, celebrated on Full moon day in January/February every year. Thaipusam is celebrated with grand display in Singapore, Malaysia, South India, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. Thaipusam signifies victory of good over bad and is dedicated as a thanksgiving to Lord Subramaniam (also known as Murugan) for answered prayers, and is also a day of penance.
This year Thaipusam was celebrated on 9 February. The procession like earlier years started from Perumal temple (SSPT) in Little India to Tank Road temple (STT). I visited the SSPT from 7 AM – 9 AM and STT after 6 PM. Both temples have different rituals and experiences. When the Kavadis start piercing they are fresh and full of energy, while they are tired and dusty when the procession ends. I prefer seeing the early morning rituals. Here are images from the day. I promised some of the devotees and kavadis to email their pictures. Unfortunately, I have been awfully busy over last month. But better late than never. I will email them pictures today itself.