When & Where Thaipusam in Penang is a hindu celebration of when the moon is at it's highest position usually January or February on the island of Penang. In 2011 Thaipusam was from January 19th-21st.
In 2012 Thaipuisam will be around the 7th February.
Thaipusam/Kavadi Thaipusam in Penang is a Hindu festival celebrated by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai. Pusam refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival : the 10th month of the Hindu calender.
Thaipusam Hindi Festival
Vel kavadi is a portable altar decorated with peacock feathers and attached to the devotee through 108 vels pierced into the skin on the chest and back. Fire walking is also common. Devotees enter a trance, feel no pain, do not bleed from their wounds and have no scars. Kavadi is a true experience in any Hindu community, especially in Penang off the coast of Malaysia.
Accommodation Theres cheap acccommodation and quality hotels in Penang here.
Getting there You can book a flight into Penang international airport here.
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