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Home > Events > Local Tour: Understanding Thaipusam

January 2019

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Local Tour: Understanding Thaipusam

Date Monday, January 21
Time 6.30am to 10.30am (approximately)
Venue Newton Food Centre Car Park
$40.00 Member  $48.00 Guest

One of the most unique festivals in Singapore is the Hindu celebration of Thaipusam. As we travel by bus to Sri Perumal Temple on Serangoon Road, our guide, Diana Chua will explain the customs and beliefs of this fascinating celebration. She will also describe the rituals Hindu devotees undergo in preparation for the Kavadi Attam – “Burden Dance".  You don’t want to miss this parade! 

Upon arrival, we will watch the devotees attach their kavadis with hooks and skewers to their bodies.  We then accompany the procession of devotees and chanting well-wishers along a portion of the pilgrimage walk toward the Chettiar Temple on Tank Road. We will get back on the bus to continue our journey to the temple. Once there, we will observe the ceremony of removing the kavadis after respects are paid. 

Please note that this festival features body piercing and might not be suitable for everyone.  

Be sure to bring your camera, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a container of water.  

DRESS CODE: This is a religious festival.  Please dress modestly (no short skirts, no short shorts, and no revealing tops) and wear shoes that are easily removed.   


Registration Closing Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019
(registration closes at midnight the day before this date)

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