Thaipusam is one of the most interesting Hindu festivals.
You will see how devotees enter a trance-like state and some have their bodies pierced by metal spikes. A colourful procession then takes place with participants carrying heavy, richly decorated ‘kavadis’ from a temple in Serangoon Road as they walk 4 km to another Hindu temple.
Along the way, our guide, Charlotte, will explain about the legends and rituals of Thaipusam. You will have a chance to observe the procession and enjoy the atmosphere, music, chanting and clapping of the participants. At the temple, you will see how the devotees prepare for this significant walk.
The bus will also take us to the end of the procession where you can witness the devotees taking out the spikes with nary a drop of blood.
The tour will give you a unique opportunity to experience this fascinating festival.
Date: Thursday 25th January 2024
Time : 4:00pm – 7.00pm
Meet: 3.50pm – Newton Hawker Centre, Singapore, 229495
Cost: $50 ANZA Member, $60 Non-Member
Additional Notes: Please dress modestly and put on comfortable footwear that is easy to slip on/off as they have to be removed at the entrances to the temples. Please bring wet wipes if you would like to clean your feet afterwards.
There are no refreshment stops, so please have a bottle of water.
Bring an umbrella just in case.
The tour ends at a 2nd temple in River Valley and the bus will not be going back to Newton.
Fitness Level: Medium – Some walking in the heat required. Plenty of rest stops will be available.