There are many Indians living in Singapore and therefore, you will find the Thaipusam Festival celebrated here every year.
Thaipusam has become a major celebration, in fact it is one of the biggest celebrations amongst Hindus in Singapore.
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The festival is dedicated Lord Subramanian who answers prayers, and is also a day of penance. The people who make their vows here show gratitude by undergoing the sacrificial self-mortification during the ceremonial event. The Tamil Hindu community has made this an important festival date in their calendar.
During the Thaipusam Festival, religious people undertake several rituals and rites. There are participants and devotees who carry out sacrificial acts of prayers. The cultural event involves male Indians praying to Subramanian while carrying Kavadis to show gratitude. This is a giant steel-made structure rack almost 40 kilograms in weight and decorated using flowers and fruits. Men attach it to their bodies using hooks and skews piercing through their skin.
Before anyone takes this ritual, they have to do some preparations in the form of a sacrificial act. First, you must observe a strict mental and physical discipline. It is because the Thaipusam Festival is a celebration of one month of prayer. People eat strict vegetarian diet and do other ritual practices like remaining pure by avoiding sex.
On the day of Thaipusam, the participant has to walk for almost two miles to reach the Sri Permal Temple or through the Tank Road Temple. When the faithful reach there, the family members start removing the metallic structures. The ceremony is witnessed by supporters who surround these groups, while saying prayers and giving the encouragement.