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Thai Poosam

Date: 03rd February
Month: January-February
Place: India by Tamil Community (It is celebrated in other countries too)

Thai Poosam is a Hindu celebration rejoiced by the Tamil community in the month of January- February (in the month of Thai as per Tamil calendar). The festival is mainly rejoiced in the nations where there is a major presence of Tamil community like India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Mauritius, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.

The word “Thai Poosam” is the term where Thai represents the name of the month, and Poosam symbolizes the name of a star. During this festival, this particular star remains at its highest point. The festival celebrates the event when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could subjugate the evil demon Soorapadman. Well, there is a misconception amongst people that this festival marks the birthday of Lord Murugan, however, it is said that Vaikhasi Vishakam that falls in the month May/June (Vaikhasi), is Murugan’s birthday.

On the day of Thai Poosam, most of the devotees offer Loed Murugan fruits & flowers of yellow or orange colour which is considered his favorite colours. People also wear the dresses of the same colour. Hindu devotees including women carry milk pots, and take part in procession. Some devotees also pierce their skin, cheeks or tongue with Vel skewers during the procession. Carrying kavadi is also obvious during this festival. Devotes carry it onto their shoulders, to the temple.