by Rosli Mansor
A total of 400,000 people will attend the Thaipusam celebration at Kallumal Arulmigu Subramania Temple, Gunung Cheroh this Sunday.
The president of Ipoh Hindu Devasthana Paripalana Sabah, M Vivekananda said that this festival is invigorated again, following the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We estimate that a total of 400,000 visitors consisting of Hindus, foreign tourists and various walks of life will celebrate the Thaipusam festival like in the years before the Covid-19 pandemic.
“A total of 1,000 participants will bring kawadi on Sunday. Tomorrow the movement of the cart procession from Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Sungai Pari to Sri Subramaniar Temple, Gunung Cheroh will be held.
“A total of 100 tents have been set up along the shoulder of the road for hawkers to sell various items such as food, clothes, religious equipment and so on,” he told Ipoh Echo when interviewed today.
M Vivekananda also reminded all visitors to always control their self-discipline while attending the colourful festival.
According to him, personal safety is prioritised especially during the kawadi procession in the middle of a sea of people.
“I advise visitors to wear face masks and bring disinfectant liquid with them to protect themselves from any unwanted germs.
“Other facilities are also provided for the comfort of visitors, such as disinfectant liquid, bathrooms and mobile toilets.
“Visitors are also advised to always control themselves from things that can disturb public order such as not consuming alcohol and playing with firecrackers.