Thaipusam…The first Time Around

It was  6 years ago at this time that we were introduced and shocked by the amazing festival called Thaipusam. We were sitting in Penang when we met two other travelers that told us about this crazy festival where people put spikes through their cheeks and hooks in their backs.  We made a plan to meet them in Kuala Lumpur to check it out and it was an amazing event.

This incredible event is happening tomorrow all over Malaysia and Singapore. Pilgrims pay homage to the Lord Muruga for different reasons as they make their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves carrying heavy Kevadis, pulling chariots and suffering through heat and exhaustion.

Thaipusam at the Batu Caves, Malaysia 2004

The Large Crowds at Thaipusam is Overwhelming

Spikes Through Cheeks is all part of Thaipusam

Pilgrim at Thaipusam Festival

Pilgrim Suffers through Pain and Heat at Thaipusam

Fruit Hangs by hooks off of back of Pilgrim

Worshippers go into a Trance during Thaipusam

We didn't think that we would ever witness another Thaipusam, but we find ourselves back in Malaysia at the very time it is happening again. Tomorrow we are witnessing our second Thaipusam in our lifetime.  This time in Penang.  We hear that it is quite different here than in KL and we look forward to making the comparison between the two places.

This is by far the most fascinating festival we have ever taken part in and we look forward again to being observers in the Mighty Hindu Festival known as Thaipusam.

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