Thaipusam, one of the most interesting Hindu festivals during which 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 and walk 4 km to another Hindu temple. Along the way, our guide Charlotte will explain about the legends and rituals of Thaipusam and a chance to observe the procession and enjoy the atmosphere, music, chanting and clapping of the participants. At the temple, see how the devotees prepare for this momentous walk. The bus then takes us to the end of the procession where you can witness the devotees taking out the spikes with nary a drop of blood.
1. Please dress modestly andput 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 after.
2. There is no refreshments stop, so please bring a bottle of water.
3. The tour ends at the 2nd temple in River Valley and the bus WILL NOT be going back to Newton.
Date: Thursday, 25 January 2024
Time: 9 am to 12 noon
Meet: In front of Newton Food Centre.
Member price: 65$ (including bus transport)
Non-member price: 75$ (including bus transport)
Please note: A minimum number of participants is needed for the tour to proceed. Tour will be cancelled should the required minimum number of participants not be met 2 days before the tour date. Your ticket will be refunded in this case.