Explore the uniqueness of Thaipusam Festival In Malaysia

Explore the uniqueness of Thaipusam Festival In Malaysia

This weekend is gonna be a good start for the month of February with a long weekend break to look forward. If you are working in Federal State (KL,Putrajaya) then you will be jumping in joy because next week you won’t be facing the evil "Monday Blues". To add sugar on this joy, Tuesday, 3rd Feb will be a public holiday in conjunction of Thaipusam festival which is one of the main celebrations in Malaysia.  So there you go, act fast now, apply leave now, persuade your boss to give a green light for the leave application, plan with your family and buddies… all this to explore and witness the uniqueness of Thaipusam festival. The main states that celebrates Thaipusam grandly is Batu Caves in KL, Penang, Ipoh and Johor Bahru. Eh wait wait… how you guys gonna visit to this places in large group?? “Tunggu apa lagi”.. opps it means “Why wait”, so rent a car from DRIVE.MY and enjoy this festive trip. 

Let us tell more about Thaipusam festival in Malaysia.  Thaipusam 2015 in Malaysia is always the festival to witness due to the amazing and stunning culture and heritage of the Hindu people here and also around the world. This year’s Thaipusam (தைப்பூசம்) takes place on a very large scale at the Batu Caves in Selangor on 3 February 2015 which is a Tuesday. If you should know, Batu Caves is the main place in Malaysia where it is celebrated on a massive scale with over a million people coming here. Also not forgetting places in Penang Island, Ipoh and JB where millions of people flood in to witness this festival.

Celebrated by the Tamil community of Malaysia, there are a number of other places where Thaipusam is celebrated, namely in Penang and Ipoh in Malaysia if you are nearby there. The word Thaipusam is derived from the month name of Thai and a star name which is Pusam. Devotees perform vows by carrying containers of milk and even Kavadi's as offering to Lord Murugan, the Tamil God of War all the way up to the temple, climbing 272 steps up as a debt bondage. Some even shave their heads to perform the vows and this can be seen outside the temple grounds.

Hindu people in Malaysia take a vow for the main purpose of tiding over or averting a great calamity. An example would be when the devotee's child has a life threatening sickness, the devotee would pray to Kartikeya also known as Murugan or Shanmuga (One with 6 Faces) to grant the boy a lease of life in return for which the devotee would take a vow and dedicate a Kavadi to the god.

At Batu Caves during Thaipusam, you will have the opportunity to see devotees carry silver urns containing milk as offering to Lord Murugan either by hand or in huge decorated carriers on their shoulders called 'kavadi'. 

 

Types of Kavadi

There are four types of kavadi and are as follows:

1.Idumban Kavadi: Pots filled with milk and suspended on rods and carried on the shoulder

2.Mayil Kavadi: Similar to Idumban kavadi except that it is decorated with peacock feathers

3.Pal Kavadi: Metal pot filled with milk and carried on one side of the shoulder only

4.Pushpa Kavadi: Pot filled with milk and carried on the head

 

The unique structure may be a simple design with wooden arched semi-circular supports holding a carrier foisted with brass or clay pots of milk. Other more intricate ones are huge and may rise up to two or three metres. These massive Kavadi's are built of bowed metal frames which hold long skewers, the sharpened end of which pierce the skin of the bearer’s torso. The Kavadi's are also usually decorated with colorful flowers and peacock feathers, most of them which are imported from India. Some of the Kavadi's weigh about 10-20 kilograms while the heavier ones may weigh anywhere from 30 to 100 kilograms. The process of carrying a Kavadi can be exhausting and tiring but devotees make it a point to finish the journey which can take hours depending on the size of the Kavadi and also the strength of the devotee.

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CNY Car Rental

CNY Car Rental

Chinese New Year 2015 is back with few good things that can make your weekend great !!!

Firstly, CNY this year falls on the 19th Feb and 20th Feb which is Thursday and Friday. SO WHY WAIT?!! Take an off day on Monday, 23rd Feb and enjoy your 5 long holidays. 

HOW YOU GOING TO SPEND YOUR HOLIDAYS MEANINGFULLY? Guess what, rent a car from Drive.MY and bring your family and friends for a great relaxing vacation to the famous tourist spots in Malaysia. 

Before that, let us enlighten you with some info about CNY. Chinese New Year is an annual celebration marking the start of the year according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar. Chinese New Year always falls in the months of January or February, and each Chinese New Year is represented by 1 of the 12 creatures of the Chinese Zodiac – 2015 is the year of the GOAT. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and in pre-modern times it would signal to farmers in China that they must begin preparation for the sowing of their fields.

The most important element of Chinese New Year is the reunion dinner, which is held on the eve of the New Year. Don't worry if your love ones are far from you, just plan to take a couple days leave form your office and rent a car from us and off you go to meet your family!! It is because this is the time when all family members will come for a meal together in the parents’ or eldest brother’s home, or nowadays in restaurants as well. The reunion dinner spread is usually lavish, with multiple courses including dishes of chicken, pork and fish. In Malaysia, a dish called yee sang is the first to be served. Yee sang, also known as the Prosperity Toss, is a teochew-style raw fish salad and everyone at the table will help to mix this salad with their chopsticks – with lots of noise and laughter. The tradition is that the higher you toss the salad, the more your fortunes will grow in the New Year.

The other great thing about CNY is the little fat red packet with new money notes in it. Malaysians calls it as "ANG PAU" !! Gift giving is an important component of Chinese New Year in Malaysia and the most common gifts amongst family, colleagues and business contacts are the boxes of oranges, or the live orange trees. So, get ready to give out ang pau to the little love ones and cherish them with a big smile on this festive day. 

CNY "Kuih Muih" is a must to eat food. The many varieties of Chinese cakes and cookies for the New Year used to be home baked with preparation and cooking, starting as early as one month before the new year. Among the favorites are kueh kapit (love letters), Kueh bangkit, kueh bahulu, spicy mini shrimp rolls.and kueh tart nenas (pineapple tarts), which are also common cookies, during the festivals of other races in Malaysia. Unique to the Chinese New Year celebration are peanut biscuits, and of course, nian kueh. In additions, oranges, dried melon seeds and peanuts will also be served to friends and relatives that come visiting.

Lion dance is performed during the Chinese New Year celebration in many Malaysian Chinese homes, offices and shops, as it is believed to welcome good fortune and ward off evil influences. The dance is a combination of a high degree of agility, strength, stamina and elegance. In order to maintain perfect form, the lion dancers are required to undergo extensive trainings not just on the complicated lion dancing steps, but also in acrobatic and martial arts.

In the state of Penang, the government will hold a Chinese New Year celebration on the streets, with delicious food available to the visitors. Lion Dance, Dragon Dance as well as Chingay will also be performed. Chingay, which progresses from what used to be a solo flag balancing performance to a team performance, consist of more than 15 team members. In Malaysia, Chingay is now performed not only by the Chinese, but also by other races as well.

The Chinese New Year festivities officially last for 15 days, culminating in Chap Goh Mei – meaning the 15th night. Chap Goh Mei is celebrated with a family meal, music and decorations similar to the reunion dinner. This event is very popular in Penang, as most of the single people goes to Gurney Drive and throw Mandarins in the sea as an offering to be blessed for them to get a good life partner.

"KEEP CALM AND HUAT AH!!!"

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