Thaipusam Service in Bangkok
10 images Created 28 Jan 2013
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). Pusam refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates both the birthday of the Hindu god Murugan, son of Shiva and Parvati, and the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel (a lance) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. The holy day is celebrated by Brahmins in Thailand. Brahmanism was the court religion before Buddhism came to Thailand and before the foundation of Sukhothai. Both religions are combined in the Thai way of life and its customs and ceremonies.