What is Thaipusam?
A thanksgiving of sorts, Thaipusam sees thousands of devotees rise at daybreak in preparation for this religious festival to celebrate and honor Lord Subramaniam (also known as Lord Murugan), who represents virtue, youth, power, and is the destroyer of evil.
While it is a thanksgiving festival, its name doesn’t really translate to mean ‘thanksgiving’. Instead, the word ‘Thaipusam’ is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This festival is celebrated on the full moon day in the Tamil month of ‘Thai’ which coincides with the timing of when the Pusam star is at its highest.