Hindu Thaipusam festival pierced devotee in Singapore - Stock image
Little India - Singapore, Perumal Temple, Singapore, Singapore City, Assistance
Singapore - January 27, 2013: Two men from Singapore's Hindu community prepare the 'Kavadi' - pierced ornamentation - to be carried by a devotee at the community's annual Thaipusam Festival. Thaipusam is a highly symbolic Hindu festival celebrated by Singapore’s Tamil Hindu community. It is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks. Celebrated in honour of Lord Subrahmanya (also known as Lord Murugan), who represents virtue, youth and power to Hindus and is the destroyer of evil, it is held during the full moon in the 10th Tamil month, called Thai, which falls in mid-January each year.