Blogging 2 days in a row, but had to as have seen so much......
This weekend is a celebration called Thiapusam. Thiapusam is a Hindhu celebration, celebrated by the Tamil Indians. The motive of Thaipusam festival is to pray to God to receive his grace so that bad traits are deleted.
A statue of Lord Muragan is carried on a chariot covered in beautiful jewels from a temple in Little India up into the hills of Penang to a temple.
We arrived on one of the streets involved in the celebration and were greeted by hundreds of people of all nationalities, who were either there to celebrate or just to observe. Many men, women and children were dressed in lovely Indian clothes.
We received drinks of water and also a lovely Indian lunch, which tasted delicious all for free. This was a very generous gesture.
We then saw the chariot with Lord Muragans statue on, and as we took pictures, one of the men came and put white powder on our foreheads, which is seen as the holy ash.
The part of the celebration we were lucky enough to watch was the throwing of the cocunuts. Piles and piles of coconuts at the side of the road are thrown onto the road by men and smashed, this is seen as a cleansing ritual. It was quite amazing to watch.....