For those who aren’t really sure what Thaipusam is..
Thaipusam (Tamil: தைப்பூசம்) is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). It is also referred to as Thaipooyam or Thaippooyam in the Malayalam language. Pusam refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates both the birthday of Lord Murugan (also Subramaniam), the youngest son of Shiva and Parvati, and the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel (lance) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.
Another year has gone by, and I guess its time for Thaipusam again. This year, I am unable to do the annual trip to Batu Caves as I was invited by a friend to be one of his heng tai. In the spirit of Thaipusam, here is one of the photos which I took last year at Batu Caves.