PRESS STATEMENT 27 JANUARY 2013
HAPPY THAIPUSAM 2013!
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated across the world. In Malaysia, Thaipusam is a public holiday (usually in January or February) and is the biggest festival for Hindus after Deepavali. Thaipusam celebrates Lord Shiva’s son, Murugan, when he was given a lance to vanquish three demons.
Over a million Hindus gather every year at various temples in Malaysia to celebrate Thaipusam. The celebrations take place on a grand scale at the Batu Caves (Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple) just outside of Kuala Lumpur. Celebrations at Batu Caves attract over 10.000 tourists every year. The night before Thaipusam, Hindus gather at the temple in the heart of KL. From there they will leave around midnight on a 15 kilometer (approximately 8 hour) walk towards the Batu Caves, where they will arrive the next morning.
On behalf of MASCA Victoria 2012/2013,
Sharifah Alia Alsagoff