Thaipusam is also spelled as Thaipoosam. The festival is celebrated by Tamil community on full moon day in the month of Thai. Pusam refers to a natchathiram (star), which is at its highest point on this day. According to the Gregorian calendar, Thai month falls in January – February.
The festival is dedicated to Hindu God Lord Murugan. Murugan is also known as Skanda, Murugan, Shanmukha, Kartikeya, Subrahmanya, Guha, etc.
It is believed that on this day, mother of Murugan – Goddess Parvathi presented a spear to Murugan to help him to destroy the demon Tarakasura.
Celebrations on Thaipusam
Thaipoosam celebrations take place in all Murugan Temples worldwide.
The festival is celebrated not only in India but most of the South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Fiji.
A Major feature of this festival is Kavadi Attam (Burden Dance), it is a ceremonial sacrifice. Body piercing with hooks, skewers and small laces, many devotees pierce their tongues and cheeks, some devotees even pull chariots with pierced hooks.