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Thaipusam 2020 Festival of Lights

Thaipusam or Thaipoosam (Tamil: தைப்பூசம், Taippūcam ?), is a festival celebrated by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February), usually coinciding with Pushya star, known as Poosam in Tamil. It is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community such as IndiaSri LankaMalaysia,[1] Mauritius[2] Singapore,[3] South AfricaCanada and other places where ethnic Tamils reside as a part of the local Indian diaspora population such as RéunionIndonesiaThailandMyanmarTrinidad and TobagoGuyanaSurinameJamaica and the other parts of the Caribbean.

It is a national holiday in many countries like MalaysiaSri LankaMauritius. In certain states of Malaysia and in the nations of Sri Lanka and Mauritius it is a government and a bank holiday.[citation needed] In Singapore, it was previously a national holiday but was removed from the official list of national holidays..[4]

The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. It is commonly believed that Thaipusam marks Murugan’s birthday; Some other sources suggest that Vaikhasi Vishakam, which falls in the Vaikhasi month (May/June), is Murugan’s birthday.[5]

Thaipusam 2020 Festival of Lights
Thaipusam 2020 Festival of Lights
Thaipusam 2020 Festival of Lights
Thaipusam 2020 Festival of Lights
Thaipusam 2020 Festival of Lights
Thaipusam 2020 Festival of Lights

As I, the blogger, was not in good health, my good friend Bertrand Linet was taking these photographs for me to blog the Thaipusam Festival of Lights in Penang for 2020. Thank you my dear friend.

Soo Peng

Dated: 12.02.2020

Also calledதமிழர் திருவிழா
Observed byTamilsSri Lankan TamilsMalaysian TamilsTamil SingaporeansTamil IndonesiansTamil CaribbeansTamil Fijians, and Tamil Mauritians
SignificanceThe festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel
Datedecided by the Tamil calendar.
2020 dateSaturday 8 February
2021 dateThursday 28 January

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