This week sees one Singapore’s most exciting and visually stunning festivals take place – Thaipusam. This Hindu festival of thanksgiving is held on the day of the full moon during the Tamil month Thai (usually January in our calendar), which this year falls on this Thursday 20th January.
What makes this procession so enthralling for the spectators, is that in order to show their dedication these hundreds of devotees impose various forms of self-torture, either by piercing their chest or cheeks with spikes, or carrying a Kavadi – a cage-like structure, usually adorned with peacock feathers, Hindu deities and brass bells, which is carried via various body piercings.
The procession takes the devotees along a 4.5 kilometre walk from the Sri Perumal Temple at Serangoon Road to the Sri Thandayuthapani Temple at Tank Road.
If you would like to experience this fascinating festival, then the best place to catch the action is probably Serangoon Road in Little India – just don’t forget your camera!
All photos courtesy of WilliamCho/Flickr