Everyone had that one friend in high school with multiple piercings – some visible, some not. Well, they got nothing on the devotees observing Thaipusam.
Warning: photos are somewhat graphic.
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mainly by the Tamil community. Occurring during the full moon in the Tamil month Thai (usually January or February), Thaipusam honors Lord Murugan. Devotees seek blessing and give thanks by carrying milk pots or kavadis (elaborate contraptions) and piercing their bodies with spikes.
The ceremony begins early in the morning at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Little India where family members provide support and assist with preparations.
The Thaipusam festival is quite the spectacle and certainly attracts a crowd along the route.
Here is a short video of the procession and some photos of the preparations.
For more information about Thaipusam here is a link from yoursingapore.com.