PhotoHunt theme : Symbolic
Every year I look forward to Thaipusam, a highly symbolic Hindu festival celebrated by Singapore’s Tamil community.
Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks start their annual procession in the early hours of the morning with a 4.5 km walk from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple along Serangoon Road to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple on Tank Road.
The first batches of devotees usually carry milk pots and wooden Kavadis. A Kavadi consists of two semicircular pieces of wood or steel which are attached to a cross structure that can be balanced on the shoulders of a devotee. It is often decorated with flowers, palm leaves and peacock feathers. Some of these Kavadis weigh up to 30 kg!
Since it is seen by many as a day of thanksgiving or a time to make atonement for sins, many devotees spear their faces and pierce their backs and chests with hooks. Some devotees also pierce their tongues with skewers.
It is an interesting and amazing festival. I am afraid of needles so experiencing for the first time these fantastic moments before my eyes, I was filled with awe and respect for the devotees.