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  • Thaipusam
    A spectacular celebration of mind over matter. Devotees walk with kavadis (semi-circular wooden or metal arches often elaborately decorated with peacock feathers, tinsel and flowers) pierced into their bodies with spikes and hooks. Their face or tongue maybe pierced too.

    An act of religious thanksgiving perhaps for illnesses cured or prayers fulfilled. These devotees prepare for the event by undergoing a period of fasting, prayer and meditation.

    The festival covers a 3km route from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road, and is held during the full moon of the auspicious Hindu month of Thai, often falling in January or February.
  • Ponggal
    The Harvest Festival is when southern Indians offer prayers, rice and vegetables to the gods as thanksgiving for their harvest. Rice is allowed to boll over as a sign of prosperity, and then devotees consume it along with the other offerings, to cleanse themselves of past sins.
  • Navarathiri
    means ‘nine nights’, is a Hindu festival lasting for nine nights and ten days, and is celebrated with music, song and dance. Devotees pay respect to three Hindu goddesses. Dhurga (goddess of protection against evil), Lakshimi (goddess of wealth) and Saraswathi (goddess of wisdom). On the tenth night, a glittering silver chariot carrying the mother goddess is paraded around the temple in a show of victory over Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed monster. 
  • Deepavali
    The festival marks the triumph of good over evil. Many homes light little oil lamps during this celebration to usher in happiness and good fortune, hence it’s also called the Festival of Lights. During this month-long celebration in Little India, the area transforms into a hive of activity and colour with festive bazaars and gaily-coloured street lightings while the Indian community carry out their festive shopping.

 

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Editorial Team