Why Thaipusam festivities in Singapore end earlier this year

Why Thaipusam festivities in Singapore end earlier this year

Yahoo Singapore·2018-01-31 00:35

Fire walks, Kavadi bearers, live traditional music and a procession stretching over 3km. Thaipusam has to be one of the more exciting religious events in Singapore, with this year’s festivities being extra special due to the lunar eclipse.

Both circumstances will be taking place on the same day on Wednesday (31 Jan) and because of this, Thaipusam will have to end hours earlier as no religious and milk offerings can be made during this natural phenomenon. All Hindu temples in Singapore will also be closed during this period.

“During an eclipse, light and energy from the sun or moon are blocked and cannot reach the earth,” said the Hindu Endowments Board on the Thaipusam.sg website. “Eclipses are therefore considered inauspicious and Hindu temples are closed. Arulmigu Thendayuthapani Swamy Thirukovil (Palani) and religious experts were consulted regarding the above information.”

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