Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon in the Tamil
month of Thai. Pusam refers to a star that is at its highest point during the
The festival commemorates both the birthday of Lord Murugan, the youngest son
of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Kavadi Attam is a dance performed by the devotees
during the ceremonial worship of Murugan, the Tamil God of War.
In Palani, Tamil Nadu, India, Thaipusam (Thaipoosam) is celebrated with grandeur. Thousands
of devotees flock to Palani and attend kavadi. The Lord Murugan temple at Batu Caves, near
Kuala Lumpur, often attracts over one million devotees and tens of thousands
Devotees prepare for the celebration by cleansing themselves through prayer
and fasting. The kavadi-bearer observes celibacy and take only pure, Satvik
Thaipoosam is a national holiday in Malaysia and Mauritius.