Visit Penang for Thaipusam 2010

Penang is a prime resort island in Malaysia with a rich cultural and historic heritage. UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has recently awarded it a World Heritage Site status..

Head to Penang next week to witness one of the most colourful and spectacular cultural events in the world.

January 29 and 30 thousands of devotees will celebrate the Hindu festival of Thaipusam and a great many tourists will come to witness the event or even to participate.

It is one of the most popular event celebrated on Penang island as devotees smash not only a few gunny sacks of coconuts but do it in hundreds of thousands during the the three-day festival.

They believe in doing so that they cleanse the streets for the spiritual journey of Lord Muruga, who travels in a bull-cart chariot from the inner-city of George Town to the Nattukottai Chettiar Temple atop the hill of Waterfall Road.

Tourists Welcome

Tourists are always present to have a great time and to help smash the coconuts which are placed along the roads, normally days in advance of the pilgrimage by the devotees, especially the Chinese community.

Visitors should not be alarmed to see devotees go through a physical endurance of being skewered and pierced on the back and front of their bodies by hooks with miniature urns as an act of penance.

The majority of the devotees who go through this act are Indians but also Chinese, and other visitors can also be seen taking part in this act of faith which leaves many devotees and observers alike, spiritually transformed.

This annual festival, which is also celebrated in Kuala Lumpur’s famous Batu Caves, is indeed an out-of-this-world experience and not to be missed.

Celebrated at a grand scale in Penang, it is also a national holiday in Malaysia.

Miami Beach

For those who do visit Penang, combine your stay with a luxurious holiday at Penang’s Miami Beach. Staying at the Hydro Hotel Penang you will be able to experience seven wonders of excellence, unforgettable views and pampered luxury at amazing prices.

For those on a budget who wish to stay in George Town, the friendly Hotel Mingood is your recommended choice. #


Category: News @ George Town
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