Snapshots of a festival

Thaipusam is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus in various parts of the country, such as Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Yes, contrary to a certain misinformed belief, it is indeed a Hindu — not Buddhist — festival.

As always, the recent festival had attracted not only the Hindu devotees but also camera-clicking tourists from the West and the East as well as non-Hindu locals, including an anthropologist friend of mine. A riot of colours that accompanied the festival was a sure-fire attraction. There was also, incidentally, corporate presence in their midst.

The festival in Penang

Heading towards the temple

Piercing penance

Corporate presence

Under the visitors' gaze

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2 Responses to “Snapshots of a festival”


  1. 1 Pat 12 February 2012 at 9:42 am

    I lived all my life in KL until two years ago, but have never been to the festival – mainly because I cannot abide crowds 😦 Also, I went to Batu Caves when I was 17, as part of a school trip – or, I’d never have been there at all!! And, looking at your pictures, it sure reminds me that I will be keeping it that way. It’s quite a riot of people and colour and happenings!


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