Thaipusam in Malaysia in 2021

Thaipusam in Malaysia in 2021

  How long until Thaipusam?
This holiday next takes place in 129 days.
  Dates of Thaipusam in Malaysia
2022 Jan 18
JohorTue, Jan 18Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurTue, Jan 18Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanTue, Jan 18Regional Holiday
PenangTue, Jan 18Regional Holiday
PerakTue, Jan 18Regional Holiday
PutrajayaTue, Jan 18Regional Holiday
SelangorTue, Jan 18Regional Holiday
2021 Jan 28
JohorThu, Jan 28Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurThu, Jan 28Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanThu, Jan 28Regional Holiday
PenangThu, Jan 28Regional Holiday
PerakThu, Jan 28Regional Holiday
PutrajayaThu, Jan 28Regional Holiday
SelangorThu, Jan 28Regional Holiday
2020 Feb 8
JohorSat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurSat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanSat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
PenangSat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
PerakSat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
PutrajayaSat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
SelangorSat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
2019 Jan 21
JohorMon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurMon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanMon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
PenangMon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
PerakMon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
PutrajayaMon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
SelangorMon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
2018 Jan 31
JohorWed, Jan 31Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurWed, Jan 31Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanWed, Jan 31Regional Holiday
PenangWed, Jan 31Regional Holiday
PerakWed, Jan 31Regional Holiday
PutrajayaWed, Jan 31Regional Holiday
SelangorWed, Jan 31Regional Holiday
Thaipusam is celebrated in honour of Lord Subramaniam, also known as Lord Murugan
  Which regions observe Thaipusam in 2021?
  JohorJan 28Regional Holiday
  Kuala LumpurJan 28Regional Holiday
  Negeri SembilanJan 28Regional Holiday
  PenangJan 28Regional Holiday
  PerakJan 28Regional Holiday
  PutrajayaJan 28Regional Holiday
  SelangorJan 28Regional Holiday

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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