In conjunction with the Thaipusam day which was held on 8 February this year, we would like to share with you some interesting facts about the day.

The word “Thaipusam” originates from the word “Thai” that refers to the name of the 10th month of the Tamil calendar and “Pusam” which means “when the moon is at its brightest”. Pusam also refers to the name of the brightest star in the zodiac sign cancer (also known as Pushya). Thaipusam is dedicated to Lord Murugan, the god of war in the Hindu-Tamil pantheon of deities, according to myth. Thus, the motive of the Thaipusam festival is to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

The worshippers carry Kavadi and walk along the street during Thaipusam. Kavadi is a “physical burden” made from elaborate frameworks of steel rods, wooden pole and other decorations such as peacock feathers.

On Thaipusam day, the devotees wear clothes of yellow or orange colour because the ancient Indian tribes started the Kavadi festival by worshipping the sun that is said to be able to burn up sins and redeem devotees.

We believe every Malaysian citizen should learn about every culture in Malaysia and we hope everyone gained knowledge from this information!

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