Drummer at Thaipusam Festival


Feb 05 2023


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Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). The festival is also referred to as Thaipooyam or Thaippooyam. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadam.

It is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, as well as other places where ethnic Tamils reside as a part of the local Indian diaspora population such as Canada, Singapore,  South Africa, the United States, Réunion, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica and the other parts of the Caribbean.

It is a national holiday in many countries such as Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. In India Tamil Nadu state is declared for holiday. In certain states of Malaysia and in the nations of Sri Lanka and Mauritius, it is also a government and a bank holiday.

Learn more about Thaipusam.

Photo by Anhgemus Dinh (cc license).