sandals of nails - worn by a devotee during Thaipusam
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In multiracial, multicultural Singapore, we celebrate a number of colourful festivals throughout the year. The two annual Hindu festivals that I love to watch are Thaipusam and Thimithi fire-walking ceremony.
Brave the burning coals through sheer willpower and courage!
Thousands of devotees and their supporters and tourists would swarm the brightly-lit Sri Mariamman temple to witness the Thimithi fire-walking which is a form of penance or thanksgiving in honour of the goddess Sri Mariamman.
Two weeks before the fire-walking, devotees would go on a vegetarian diet and fast for 2 days. The male devotees walk quickly across a platform of burning coals and immerse their feet into a pool of milk before applying turmeric powder on their feet to cool them down.