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An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2   1 comment


These photographs were captured by my friend Bertrand Linet as I was “handicapped’ by my weak legs. I managed to shoot some photographs too.

SP Lim

An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2

An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1   Leave a comment


An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple, Ayer Itam, Penang which was brightly lighted up for the 2020 Chinese New Year of the Rat

An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1

These photographs were captured by my friend Bertrand Linet as I was “handicapped’ by my weak legs. I managed to shoot some photographs too.

SP Lim

Thaipusam 2020 – 4   1 comment


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 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020

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
TypeEthnoreligious
SignificanceThe festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel
Datedecided by the Tamil calendar.
2020 dateSaturday 8 February
2021 dateThursday 28 January

Thaipusam 2020 – 3   Leave a comment


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 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020

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
TypeEthnoreligious
SignificanceThe festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel
Datedecided by the Tamil calendar.
2020 dateSaturday 8 February
2021 dateThursday 28 January

Thaipusam 2020 – 2   4 comments


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 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020
Thaipusam 2020 – The Festival of Lights in Penang on Saturday. 08.02.2020 to Monday 10.02.2020

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
TypeEthnoreligious
SignificanceThe festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel
Datedecided by the Tamil calendar.
2020 dateSaturday 8 February
2021 dateThursday 28 January

Thaipusam 2020   Leave a comment


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
TypeEthnoreligious
SignificanceThe festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel
Datedecided by the Tamil calendar.
2020 dateSaturday 8 February
2021 dateThursday 28 January

Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019   Leave a comment


Happy Tung Cheh and Winter Solstice 2019

The Dōngzhì Festival or Winter Solstice Festival (Chinese: 冬至; pinyinDōngzhì; literally: ‘the extreme of winter’) is one of the most important Chinese and East Asian festivals celebrated by the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans during the Dongzhi solar term (winter solstice) on or around December 22 (according to East Asia time).[1][2]

The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos.[3] After this celebration, there will be days with longer daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in. The philosophical significance of this is symbolized by the I Ching hexagram  (復, “Returning”).

Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
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