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Feel The Energy of Thaipusam

The biggest festival in Penang - Thaipusam - starts tomorrow, February 6, 2012.  Here again is a look at Thaipusam from last year...


Christina Schweighofer said...

Great video. Thanks for sharing.

Is there a symbolism behind the smashing of the coconuts? How old is the tradition?

Reese said...

Thanks Christina!

The devotees smash the coconuts as a way to "cleanse" the street before the chariot, carrying the statue of Murugan, passes by. But we have to say, it feels really good to smash a coconut - like a cathartic release!

Thaipusam originates from Tamil Nadu state in India. The tradition was brought over to Southeast Asia when the British recruited Tamil workers to work in the tin mines and rubber plantations in the former colony of Malaya (parts of Malaysia and Singapore) during the 1800s.

The festival has now taken on a life of its own in Malaysia, and has actually become a bigger celebration here, than in India. Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur attracts over a million people.

Christina Schweighofer said...

Thank you. I can see how smashing the coconut would feel like an act of cleansing. I'll have to try it soon.

Christina Schweighofer said...

Thank you. I can see how smashing the coconut would feel like an act of cleansing. I'll have to try it soon.

Christina S. said...

Great to see you posting again!

Mylittlewing12 said...

Wow good job I am glad to watched that video simply awesome.

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