Thaipusam in Malaysia in 2023

Thaipusam in Malaysia in 2023

  How long until Thaipusam?
Thaipusam
  Dates of Thaipusam in Malaysia
2024 Jan 25
JohorThu, Jan 25Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurThu, Jan 25Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanThu, Jan 25Regional Holiday
PenangThu, Jan 25Regional Holiday
PerakThu, Jan 25Regional Holiday
PutrajayaThu, Jan 25Regional Holiday
SelangorThu, Jan 25Regional Holiday
2023 Feb 5
JohorSun, Feb 5Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurSun, Feb 5Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanSun, Feb 5Regional Holiday
PenangSun, Feb 5Regional Holiday
PerakSun, Feb 5Regional Holiday
PutrajayaSun, Feb 5Regional Holiday
SelangorSun, Feb 5Regional Holiday
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
  Summary

Thaipusam is celebrated in honour of Lord Subramaniam, also known as Lord Murugan

  Thaipusam in other countries
Thaipusam internationally
  Which regions observe Thaipusam in 2023?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt 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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