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The colours of Thaipusam
By: Aida Aziz
Excitement surrounded the Thaipusam celebration that took place from the Sri Maha Mariamman Buntong temple to the Kallumalai Murugan temple, Ipoh.
Thaipusam is celebrated at the peak of the tenth month of the Tamil calendar, the Thai month, which falls around January and February. On that day, the Thai full moon was at the position of a bright star called Pusam, hence the name.
Hindus will make their vows and purify themselves from sin in various ways, starting with a 48-day fast. After that, some bring milk, and shave their hair while the biggest attraction of the festival is bringing kavadi and piercing body parts with heavy irons and hooks.