**Disclaimer: This post has some pictures that display a variety of cultural body piercings. This might make you queazy.**
Last Friday, I was able to attend a Hindu festival here in Singapore with a bunch of friends. Thaipusam is a symbolic Hindu festival celebrated by Singapore’s Tamil community. It is an annual event that has a procession from one Temple to another where they seek blessings, fulfill vows and offer thanks. Walking in family units for 4.5 km from one temple to another, they carry milk pots and Kavadis for offerings. Some devotees also pierce their tongues and bodies.
This was a fascinating experience to attend. I started at one temple observing different family groups preparing for their walk. I then stayed by one family and watched them through the entire process. I observed the process of body piercing. It was amazing to see their devotion, emotion, and pride. After wards, I walked the 4.5k along the route observing other families.
Some were very ornate. Nails He danced the while way.