Large number of Kavadis gather on a special day
The Tamil culture in the Southern India is full of festivals and celebration of various days. A major festival of Tamilians which is celebrated on the full moon day of the Tamil month Thai, a period between January and February. This festival is celebrated in almost all the regions where the Tamil population is predominant. Few regions which celebrate the Thaipusam festival are India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, as in all these countries the Tamil population is considerable.
Thaipusam Date: When Thaipusam 2020 will be Celebrated?
- In 2020, it will be celebrated on 8th February (Saturday).
- In 2019, it was celebrated on 21st January (Monday).
The name of the festival is derived from both the month Thai as well as the name of the star Pusam. The festival is celebrated as a mark of celebration when Parvati gave Murugan a ‘Spear’ so that all the evil demons could be vanished by him. Some people also have a misconception that this particular day is celebrated as the birthday of Murugan, but the actual fact is Vaikhasi Vishakam, which comes in the month of Vaikhasi is Murugan’s birthday. This day is celebrated in the memory of the occasion when the mother has prepared his son to fight a battle against evil and save the earth.
There is a custom of raising kavadis by devotees and the approximately 10000 kavadis reach Palani for this special moment every year. With the passage of time, this figure is constantly increasing also. Even it is also noticed that there is a large gathering of devotees in Palani on this particular day offering their prayers to the god. Devotees start the prayer by cleaning themselves and also keep fast approximately for 48 days before Thaipusam. After the prasadam only the devotees start taking their food. At many temples of Murugan, this festival is celebrated with various pujas and yagya to please the god.