Monday, February 09, 2009

Love - RT

These milk pots contain love.

The two days I was covering the Thaipusam Festival, I discover a very strong message.

Love

The Love devotees have for their family and their God is so strong, they are able to withstand the extreme physical pain.

He has supportive family members....

The main participants - no matter if they are young, old, burly or skinny - they were not ordinary men. And all because of LOVE.


A father offered thanksgiving year after year by carrying a kavadi for more than 20 years. He has a close-knitted, supportive family. His sons continued with the tradition. You see unconditional love when they rally around one another, walking side by side for 4 km bare-footed in the hot sun, faces beaming with joy.

This family came together to carry milk pots, supporting one another throughout the 4 km trek.

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This coming Valentine's Day, I think it is time to focus on a lot more love in this world. Valentine's Day need not be the exclusive realm of couples – it can be an expression of kinship, friendship and platonic love. It is a day of inclusion and an opportunity to recognise all we have in our lives. Let's spread our love. - Lilly's life -

Sorry for not doing tags, I'm giving linky love to all my blogger friends. Leave your url in my comment if you want to be added to the list. Feel free to add this list in your Valentine's Day post.

Jaymes , Oceanskies, Gran, CaptPicard, Doreen, yenjai, MyAngel, Darkspore, Wilfrid, Milly, Saint2, Tom, SweetJasmine, Kok, LadyJava, MamaBok, Tigerfish, Napaboaniya, Diane, Gattina, Renny, LifeRamblings, Lina, Mariuca, Mary, JMB, A., Mar, Carver, Teacher Julie, Sandy, day-dreamer, Teacher Dave , Endoh, Gagay, Jade, bluecrystaldude, foongpc, Dora, sgshortstories, monica, peppylady, healthnut, jams, mommyko, liza, cindy, makoy, emptystreet, sher, CK, shinade, snapshot, mira, blurmommy, jylnc, speedy, comedyplus, colin, criz, TorAa, Bonggamom, sassymom, YTSL, Miranda, windy, postcards, angie, bengbeng, horsoon, indrani, mojo, gabriel, maiylah, jean


Happy Valentine's Day!!

元宵节快乐!

57 comments:

  1. Yoz, Thanks Ms ECL for adding me to your list of blogger friends and sharing with me and bloggers your Love!

    Yuan Xiao Jie is also the Chinese Valentine Day! I deserve a beating for I only remember this fact while I am typing my blog and chatting with my Dear over the MSN. I would have brought her to see the Brightest moon in 52 years on this special date!

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  2. sgshortstories,
    *piak piak your buttocks*

    How can you forget today is a special day!?

    Hubby and I just had our dinner by the beach and stroll back hand in hand.

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  3. wow so romatic Ms ECL!

    You make me more guilty haha!

    I just called my gf and apologized.

    So did you and husband catch the Biggest moon in 52 years?

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  4. This is a wonderful post eastcoast! Why don't you leave an original quote on my Valentine's Day contest post and maybe win the bookmarks! I leave my url! Happy Valentine's Day! LOVE & HUGS! :)

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  5. sgshortstories,
    I'm glad you apologized to your gf.

    My hubby and I are like glue everyday. haha....

    Sitting on the sandy beach and admiring the moon, it was bigger than usual!!

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  6. Mary,
    Ohhhh.... I want to win the bookmarks!

    Happy Valentine's Day, Mary!

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  7. dar dar... yr apology is accepted...

    Happy Valentine day to everyone!!!
    Angel

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  8. Yea! Eastcoast, I love your entry in my Valentine's Day contest! Thank you! :)

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  9. Thanks for the link. I appreciate the care and concern more than the link since I don't need traffic.

    Thank you for this post. I did not realise the message of love until I have read your post.

    You have covered the festival better than I did by the extent of information you have gotten. The love the devotees have is indeed very strong.

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  10. So lomantic!

    ECL, would you like to join my fight against puppymills?

    The poor dogs need our help!

    (ok, that was anti-climax for your lomantic date)

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  11. So lomantic!

    ECL, would you like to join my fight against puppymills?

    The poor dogs need our help!

    (ok, that was anti-climax for your lomantic date)

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  12. Excellent! Love conquers all. Incidentally, I have yet to get a present for my Warden.

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  13. Thanks for being on the list, ECL.

    Valentine wishes!!!

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  14. Hi ECL, pls head over to my site - you have been mentioned in my latest post!

    Cheers....
    Angie :-)

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  15. Hi ECL, am I too late to be included in your list? Pls let me know what I should do? Tnx. :-)

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  16. ref yr comment abt visiting sabah n sarawak - r u serious?

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  17. Thanks for dropping a note in my blog. What is this festival called? I don't have any idea of what is that. Just curious.

    Have a nice day.

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  18. The milk pots look so interesting. :)

    Happy Valentine's Day to U and ur hubby!

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  19. I hope I win the bookmarks, Mary. :)
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  20. oceanskies,
    You're welcome.

    As I walked with the devotees, I saw family members taking care of one another. Young people supporting their elderly parents, grandparents or relatives; helping one another to take care of their young children.

    Several treat it as an outing for the whole family clans. It's great to see the harmony and togetherness at this festival.

    I'm waiting to read your posts. :)

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  21. dead cockroach,
    Thanks for the invite but I have too many posts in draft.

    I'll give a mention if I could.

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  22. Darkspore,
    You still have 4 days to get the present. :)

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and Warden!

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  23. Angie R,
    Thanks. I'll add you to the list.
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  24. bengbeng,
    yes, serious.
    My friend told me there's a direct flight to Sarawak, so I'm checking up on the places of interest to plan my itinerary.

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  25. Rolly,
    It's called Thaipusam. You can read about it in the previous post.

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  26. The power of love for family members. It never fails to amaze me of the endurance of the weight and pain of those things they carry on their entire body.

    Happy St Valentine's day to your family and you!! :)

    p/s: *wipe.sweat* Finally CNY is over!!!

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  27. No doubt about it... we could all use a lot more love.

    Happy every day to you EC!

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  28. napaboaniya,
    Thaipusam was a great photo taking opportunity.

    My first time seeing it live. Most of the time, my mouth stayed wide open. haha.... amazing!

    Hurrah! CNY is over for the year! Back to serious matters.

    Happy V-Day!

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  29. Happy V-Day to you!
    I have seen such people here too, I don't really understand how they are pain proof?!

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  30. Indrani,
    They are amazing! You see them dancing and singing as they walked bare-footed for 4 km, with metal spikes piercing every inch of their flesh. They are super men!

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  31. Each country or race has its own uses, I personally prefer to kiss somebody then to put needles or other stuff in my body to show my love, lol !

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  32. Kudos to their courage, bravely and strong mind.

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  33. An interesting award is waiting for this awesome site :D thanks for visits and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  34. oh, i've seen this festival in national geographic. very interesting!

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  35. what a tradition. not the usual and i really like to experience traditions like this. you get to appreciate humanity in one perspective.

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  36. I believe in every race, there are traditions that families uphold. And some of these traditions pass down from father to son. I've seen that here in the Philippines, particularly with some of the religious traditions held every year.

    I will help spread the love! Count me in, ECL! :)

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  37. I truly admire the devotees for their fearless courage and devotions to Lord Muruga.

    thanks for including me in your circle of bloggers.

    Happy Valentine's day to you and everyone here.

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  38. I love this post! Many traditions have died already and it's so nice that on that side traditions are still passed on.

    Happy V-Day! Thank for linky love. :D

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  39. Great post ECL! Just shows how strongly bonded this family is. I wish every family in the world would be just like them.

    Thanks for the mention. :D Happy Love's Day!

    Mommy's Little Corner
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    Yummy-as-can-be

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  40. What a great post and contribution to an important message to the world. Like I always say; 'Make Blogs, not Wars'.

    Its an honour to be on your blog friend list and I'm proud to have you on mine :-)

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  41. Eh got Valentine's linky love for me here, thanks so much ECL! :):):)

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  42. So u gonna meet up with LJ? Say hello to her from me ha ha! ;)

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  43. awwww ... thanks so much for the linky love, ECL!
    so much love ... :)

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  44. thanks for the link.

    Mr & Mrs ECL so romantic. Lucky you, can have a stroll by the beach, hand in hand. Never mind, I stroll by the Klang River on Valentine's Day. OK or not? :D

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  45. Love is in the air..

    Big Hugs for you too ECL!!! muacks muacks!! :)

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  46. Happy Valentine to you and hubby and thanks for the linky love.

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  47. An interesting series of posts. You are wise to expand the discussion of love to it's expanded and deeper forms. This whole series of posts was very interesting.

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  48. I missed this post! *bang my head against the wall*

    aww.. thanks for the linky love ECL! *muah**muah* ~love is in the air ;-)

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  49. Thanks ECL :) I hope your Hearts Day was special, as you are special too :)

    See ya tomorrow for the Hunt ;)

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  50. Belated thanks for the mention and link. Valentine's Day is not my favorite day (I'm far from a romantic, etc., etc.) but you showed that it can be more than a day for romantics! :)

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