One of the most vibrant, colourful, and memorable temple festivals you will ever witness, Thaipusam is a thanks-giving and penance-seeking religious event for Tamilian Hindus. In this amazing form of worship, devotees pierce their bodies with long metal skewers and carry burdens of 40 kg for four kilometres, all the while dancing to rhythmic chants.
Celebrated in only a few countries, Thaipusam in Singapore differs from the festival in India, where Hindus from the state of Tamil Nadu carry heavy milk pots — and not the cumbersome kavadis carried here.
The procession is a a photographer’s paradise where light, colour and frenzy come together. Please note we are offering this tour in two parts (Jan 30th evening & early morning Jan 31st); please ensure you register for one or both.
We encourage you to come to both if at all possible.
Our eve of tour on Jan 30th (approx 6-8:30pm) will start with a talk about the history & belief system behind this fascinating festival, a look at the silver chariot procession and we'll end with a light supper.
The early morning tour on Jan 31st (6am to 8:30am) starts with viewing the preparation tent in the temple, and further explanation of the rites and rituals. After which, we shall walk part way with the procession. Our morning ends with a vegetarian breakfast.
For the adventurous game enough to try the entire walk of 4 km to Tank Road, you may do so after breakfast. Our guides will be happy to show you the route.
To sign up for the evening session only please register at: https://sg.verlocal.com/pages/payment_page?listing_id=22090