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Thaipusam

A Hindu's Thanksgiving

Story by Ashok Kumar March 14th, 2016

Traditions

Thaipusam is a thanksgiving festival celebrated by the Hindus all over the world during the full moon of the Tamil month of Thai. This festival attracts devotees from all walks of life to celebrate their fulfilment of vows. In Singapore, the route for the Kavadi carriers and the devotees carrying milk pots start of at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road. Its a colourful celebration and I used to come down with my family to watch the festivities. It has been a while since I have come down to watch so decided to go down with my trusted camera.

Lead
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Parrots need to go for a walk too.
Waiting
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togetherness

One thing that was common throughout the time I was there, it was a sense of togetherness. Every kavadi that walked past had a group together with it. It felt like he was not alone in the walk. Family and friends come and give their support for the person. Was there for a good 5 hours and when the sun was about to set, that was where the magic of togetherness happened.

My favourite shot of Thaipusam.
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unforgettable

It was definitely an experience that I will cherish. I will definitely be there again the following year.

Till then,

Ashok Kumar

Singapore