Thaipusam Festival is one of the most visually shocking annual festivals in Malaysia, and it’s one with great meaning. It’s when hundreds upon thousands of devotees parade Batu Caves, with metal poles pierced through their bodies.
To help you get in the spirit, we’ve compiled some heartfelt Thaipusam wishes ideas you can use for your loved ones. We’re also going to run down the meaning of this prestigious festival and why it’s celebrated, so make sure to keep on reading until the end!
What is Thaipusam Festival?
Thaipusam is a festival that’s dedicated to Lord Murugan, the god of war who’s immortalised by the gigantic statue found in Batu Caves. It’s celebrated by the Tamil community every January or February, depending on when the first full moon of Tamil Month will appear.
To show their appreciation to Lord Murugan and other deities, devotees will parade at Batu Caves. This parade will be filled with colour, figures and of course, people who go to great lengths to be blessed by their deities.
For starters, they’ll carry these heavy altars called kadavis on their shoulders as they march toward the temple at Batu Caves. Aside from that, you’ll also see them impressively balancing milk pots on their heads (with support from their hands, of course).
However, the most eye-catching way that devotees show their penance to their deities is by skewing metal rods through different parts of their bodies. This act is called kadavi attam and it’s a way for the devotees to show their strong determination.
Even if you’re not one of these devotees, it’s a delight to witness this festival first-hand because of the parades and overall vibes of the locals. Plus, visiting Batu Caves is one of the most iconic things to do in Malaysia anyway, so visit during this festival to hit two birds with one stone!
This holiday is widely celebrated nationwide and it’s common for locals to exchange well wishes, which brings us to our next point.
Best Thaipusam Wishes You Can Offer to Your Loved Ones
To make the festival more meaningful, here are some greetings and well wishes that you can exchange with your loved ones:
- Happy Thaipusam! May this joyous celebration mark the beginning of a wonderful and prosperous year for you and your loved ones.
- Wishing you a happy Thaipusam. May your family be granted the grace of the Divine until the end of times.
- As the full moon shows us its majesty this Thaipusam, may you and your loved ones be blessed with utmost joy and fulfilment.
- Happy Thaipusam! May the first full moon of the month serve as the start of a year filled with peace joy and prosperity!
- May infinite grace and joy be bestowed upon you and your family starting this gracious day. Happy Thaipusam!
- During this day of festivity and praise, may your upcoming year be filled with endless blessings, joy and peace.
- Happy Thaipusam! May you and your family be granted good health and prosperity forever!
- May the appearance of the first full moon open up opportunities for you to prosper over the coming year! Happy Thaipuisam!
- May the full moon fill your life with utmost peace, joy and love. Happy Thaipusam from everyone here at *insert your family name.
- Happy Thaipusam! We wish you the utmost success and prosperity this upcoming year!
- This Thaipusam, may you be blessed with an amazing year ahead filled with blessings and light.