Thaipusam around the world in 2023

Thaipusam around the world in 2023

  How long until Thaipusam?
  Dates of Thaipusam around the world
2023 Various Feb 4
IndiaSat, Feb 4Regional Holiday
Malaysia Feb 4
JohorSat, Feb 4Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurSat, Feb 4Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanSat, Feb 4Regional Holiday
PenangSat, Feb 4Regional Holiday
PerakSat, Feb 4Regional Holiday
PutrajayaSat, Feb 4Regional Holiday
SelangorSat, Feb 4Regional Holiday
2022 Various Jan 18
IndiaTue, Jan 18Regional Holiday
Malaysia 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 Various Jan 28
IndiaThu, Jan 28Regional Holiday
Malaysia 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 MalaysiaFeb 8
Johor Sat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
Kuala Lumpur Sat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
Negeri Sembilan Sat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
Penang Sat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
Perak Sat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
Putrajaya Sat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
Selangor Sat, Feb 8Regional Holiday
2019 MalaysiaJan 21
Johor Mon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
Kuala Lumpur Mon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
Negeri Sembilan Mon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
Penang Mon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
Perak Mon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
Putrajaya Mon, Jan 21Regional Holiday
Selangor Mon, Jan 21Regional Holiday

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

  Which countries observe Thaipusam in 2023?
  IndiaFeb 4Regional Holiday
  MalaysiaFeb 4Regional 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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