Thaipusam in Singapore – A Festival of Life, 2017

This one picture still gives me jitters…

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. ย 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.


A devotee performing final prayers before piercing

Preparing the devotee begins

Pandal is full of electrifying music and chants

A local musician

Some devotees will wear these slippers

Small vessels full of milk for offering the Gods

Rath Kavadi bearers will hook a small carriage to their back. These hooks are pretty nasty, sharp and big!

One of the regular devotee. I am seeing him the third time in a row

Lemons hooked onto the back of devotees for offering

Some family members encouraging the devotees

This guy has been carrying the kavadi every year for over from ten years now

One of the beautiful faces in the crowd

This one looked like straight from a sci-fi movie ๐Ÿ™‚

A child carrying a kavadi. No piercing for him.

This devotee was too vigorous. He even shooed a few photographers ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another devotee with a unique kind of piercing

And I met again. I have shot him for two years already and I showed him his pictures from last year

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