Thaipusam 2022: Thaipusam is a key Hindu ceremony that is held each year during the full moon in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar falling from mid-January to mid-February in the Gregorian calendar. It is marked in Malaysia by a public holiday.
Thaipusam is usually celebrated with a public holiday in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang and Selangor only.
Thaipusam is an annual festival in which millions of Hindu devotees across the world take part in one of the world’s most passionate spiritual celebrations.
Thaipusam traditionally falls on a full moon. The celebration is held as a tribute to the Hindu god of war, Lord Muragan, honored in sacred lore for slaying three evil demons in the name of good virtue.
Thaipoosam 2022 will be observed on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 where the Poosam Nakshatra Begins at 04:37 AM on Jan 18, 2022and ends at 06:42 AM on Jan 19, 2022.
On the first day, there is a procession along the streets of Kuala Lumpur led by a chariot that presents a statue of Lord Muragan. On the second day, there is a long barefoot walk to the Batu Caves for the purpose of vow fulfillment.
Observer of Thaipusam starts preparation 48 hours in advance with fasting and prayer. They eat only satvik food once during the day. The devotees dress up in yellow and orange clothing.
Devotees shave their heads off and proceed towards the temple of their deity carrying Kavadi on the day of Thaipusam.
They lay down their Kavadi on reaching the temple. Honey or milk is then poured on the idol of the deity in the form of thanksgiving. Yellow fruits and flowers are offered to Lord Murugan by the devotees.