My Experience: Thaipusam in Singapore

**Disclaimer: This post has some pictures that display a variety of cultural body piercings. This might make you queazy.**

IMG_6395Last 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.

IMG_6475Preparing
IMG_6484 IMG_6490 IMG_6497 IMG_6500IMG_6517 IMG_6540 IMG_6542 IMG_6552 IMG_6556 IMG_6559 IMG_6572Some were very ornate. IMG_6427 IMG_6435 IMG_6418 IMG_6427 IMG_6448 IMG_6452 IMG_6456 IMG_6460 IMG_6593 Nails IMG_6602 He danced the while way. IMG_6616

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