Saturday, February 7, 2009

Happy Thaipusam 8th Feb 09! A special celebration in Penang

Thaipusam Festival is one of major Hindu festivals in Penang. It is a fascinating Hindu festival that includes a parade of purification and cleansing rituals. Devotees carry Kavadi or a colourfully decorated frame to Waterfall Gardens temple, near Penang Botanic Gardens. Some devotees pierce cheeks or tongues with spikes and skewers in show of penance.

Thaipusam is a public holiday in Penang. This year Thaipusam falls on tomorrow, Sunday and therefore, Monday will be a replacement holiday for many of the employees in Penang including me!
Thaipusam celebration in Penang - Schedule:

7th February 2009 Thaipusam Eve
6:30pm - The 114-year-old silver chariot bea-ring Lord Muruga will leave Kovil Veedu at Penang Street and proceed to Beach Street, Chulia Street, Victoria Street, Gat Jalan Prangin, Jalan C.Y. Choy, Magazine Road, Datuk Keramat Road, Jalan Utama and Waterfall Road.

8th February 2009 - Thaipusam celebration
Waterfall Temple and along Waterfall Road

9th February 2009 - returning journey
6.30pm - The chariot will leave Jalan Air Terjun via Gottlieb Road, Tunku Abdul Rahman Road, Macalister Road, Anson Road, Burma Road, Transfer, Sri Bahari Road, Penang Road, Campbell Street, Buckingham Street, Masjid Kapitan Keling Street, Chulia Street, Queen Street, Market Street, China Street, Beach Street, and Penang Street.

1 comment:

HL said...

lastime when my mum still working in Dragon Inn Restaurant nearby there, they normally will have 3 days leave :-) becoz of Thaipusam