Thaipusam in Penang
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Thaipusam in Penang

by Peter

Thaipusam in Penang

Thaipusam in Penang

Few festivals are so colorful as Thaipusam. I have visited Thaipusam 3 times now and if next year I am in the area, I will visit again.

Why? It's a great event, a totally alien way of celebrating the religion. The joy and pleasure of people involved generates a fantastic atmosphere. Apart of Queen's Day in Holland, I have never experienced such an atmosphere.

And yes, the piercings through cheeks, forehead, the hooks in the back and some walking on spike shoes make me feel very uncomfortable when I think of it. Looking at pictures or film of what the devotees do to themselves gives me a shivering feeling.

But that said, when you are there, it's totally different. There are no bad vibes around. Everybody is excited, full of joy. Food and drinks go for free as another way of celebrating the day. It's an amazing experience that all Malaysians should see and be proud of.

Although Thaipusam is a Hindu festival (Indian), there are considerable Chinese involved. And they are as determined to fulfill their vows they have set to themselves as the Indians. All I can say is this... if you are in Malaysia during the Thaipusam, bring your camera, try the food, and spend a day extra. It is worth the effort.

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Thaipusam in Penang

Sep 12, 2009

by: Peter

Yes, 2 years back, in 2007, I saw several orang puti kavadi bearers. I still find looking at the pictures and video of the event a bit scary, but trust the orang puti here... when you are in the festival it's all peace and harmony (although the incredible loud music could be a bit less:).

Thaipusam is one of the most spectacular, interesting and fascinating festivals in Malaysia and everyone (including ALL racial groups in Malaysia) should visit to understand more about their fellow countrymen.

Jul 09, 2009

Penang's Thaipusam reflects a syncretism
by: Kelvin Liew Peng Chuan

Great posting on Penang's Thaipusam ;) You'll not only see Chinese kavadi bearers..sometimes you may even come across orang putih!

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