January 25 (Thursday) is Thaipusam, and all seven states in the country can enjoy the holiday.
Before 2008, the Thaipusam holiday was only a holiday in the five states of Selangor, Penang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Johor. However, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah announced on January 20, 2008 that Thaipusam would be included as a holiday. Public holidays in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
This also means that 7 states can now enjoy the Thaipusam holiday. The states and regions that can enjoy the holiday are Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Perak, Putrajaya and Selangor, while people in other states cannot enjoy this holiday.
Every year Thaipusam falls on the full moon of the “Thai Moon” in the 10th month of the Tamil calendar, which is January or February of the Gregorian calendar. Thaipusam is a day to commemorate the Indian god of war, Dewa Murugan, who annihilated the three-headed devil in the name of virtue under the sacred will. It is also a day for devout Hindus to atone, give and be grateful.
Thaipusam is a festival for atonement, vows and purification of the heart. Many devout believers and ascetics will pierce their mouths and bodies with sharp objects such as long needles and wires. Some people will carry various shrines in processions, and some will With items covered with prayers on his body, he climbed up the steps of Batu Caves step by step to pray.
Update: The Kedah Mentri Besar has also declared Thaipusam on January 25 as a special holiday.