Thaipusam in Putrajaya in 2021

Thaipusam in Putrajaya in 2021

  How long until Thaipusam?
This holiday next takes place in 169 days.
  Dates of Thaipusam in Putrajaya
2022 Tue, Jan 18Regional Holiday
2021 Thu, Jan 28Regional Holiday
2020 Sat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
2019 Mon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
2018 Wed, Jan 31Regional Holiday
  Summary
Thaipusam is celebrated in honour of Lord Subramaniam, also known as Lord Murugan

When is Thaipusam?

Thaipusam is an annual Hindu festival, observed on the day of the first full moon during the Tamil month of Thai, which falls in late January or February.

It is a public holiday in the following states of Peninsular Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang and Selangor.

If it falls on a Sunday, then the Monday is observed as a holiday in those regions, with the exception of Johor as that state observes its weekend on a Friday and Saturday.

It is also generally a public holiday in Mauritius and is known as Thaipoosam Cavadee.

How is Thaipusam celebrated?

Thaipusam is the second largest Hindu festival in Malaysia and is celebrated in honour of Lord Subramaniam, also known as Lord Murugan.

To mark this day of penance and thanksgiving, Hindus pierce their body with metal skewers and carry pots of milk on their heads along a four-kilometre procession. Piercing of the skin, tongue or cheeks with skewers is common among male devotees but only occasionally done by female devotees.

Devotees prepare for the celebration by cleansing themselves through prayer, celibacy, and fasting for 48 days before the festival.

Over a million Hindus gather every year at various temples across Malaysia to celebrate Thaipusam.

The festival is rooted in Hindu legend and was brought from southern India by 19th-century immigrants who came to the Malaysian peninsula to work in rubber estates and government offices. As a result, Hindu is the fourth largest religion in Malaysia and Hindus now comprise over eight percent of the 28 million Malaysian population.

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