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Thaipusam is a significant Hindu festival celebrated mainly by the Tamil community in India, particularly in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is observed on the full moon day in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). Thaipusam commemorates the victory of Lord Murugan (also known as Lord Subramanya) over the demon Soorapadman. Here is the origin and history of Thaipusam:

  1. Mythological Origin: Thaipusam's origin can be traced back to Hindu mythology and the story of Lord Murugan. According to legend, the demon Soorapadman had caused chaos and oppression in the celestial realms. The gods approached Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati, requesting them to create a powerful warrior who could defeat Soorapadman. In response, Lord Shiva and Parvati gave birth to Lord Murugan, who grew up to become the deity of war and victory.

  2. Defeat of Soorapadman: Lord Murugan waged a fierce battle against Soorapadman and his army of demons. After a long and intense fight, Lord Murugan ultimately vanquished Soorapadman, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. This triumph is celebrated during Thaipusam.

  3. Historical Significance: Thaipusam has been celebrated for centuries and holds historical importance in South India, particularly in Tamil Nadu. The festival has strong cultural and religious roots among the Tamil community.

  4. Murugan Temples: Thaipusam is predominantly associated with Murugan temples, the most famous being the Palani Murugan Temple in Tamil Nadu. Devotees flock to these temples during Thaipusam to offer prayers, seek blessings, and participate in various rituals and festivities.

  5. Fasting and Devotion: Devotees who observe Thaipusam typically undertake a period of fasting and austerity in the weeks leading up to the festival. They abstain from consuming meat, alcohol, and other indulgences to purify their bodies and minds. Many also engage in spiritual practices, such as reciting prayers, singing devotional songs, and performing acts of self-discipline.

  6. Piercing and Kavadi Attam: One of the distinctive features of Thaipusam is the practice of carrying Kavadi, a semicircular or full-body decorated structure, usually affixed to the devotee's body with skewers piercing the flesh. Devotees believe that carrying the Kavadi is a way to demonstrate their devotion, fulfill vows, and seek divine blessings. The Kavadi bearers often undertake a trance-like state during the procession.

  7. Processions and Celebrations: Thaipusam is marked by grand processions that take place in and around Murugan temples. Devotees, dressed in vibrant traditional attire, carry the Kavadi and participate in a procession accompanied by music, chanting, and drumming. The atmosphere is filled with devotion, energy, and spiritual fervor.

Thaipusam is a festival that signifies faith, devotion, and the triumph of good over evil. It provides an opportunity for devotees to express their devotion to Lord Murugan and seek his blessings for personal growth, protection, and fulfillment of their wishes.

List of dates

Year Weekday Date Name Time
2024 Thursday Jan 25, 2024 Thaipusam 4 weeks ago
2025 Tuesday Feb 11, 2025 Thaipusam 11 months from now
2026 Sunday Feb 1, 2026 Thaipusam 1 year from now
2027 Friday Jan 22, 2027 Thaipusam 2 years from now
2028 Wednesday Feb 9, 2028 Thaipusam 3 years from now
2029 Tuesday Jan 30, 2029 Thaipusam 4 years from now
2030 Sunday Jan 20, 2030 Thaipusam 5 years from now
2031 Thursday Feb 6, 2031 Thaipusam 6 years from now
2032 Tuesday Jan 27, 2032 Thaipusam 7 years from now
2033 Sunday Jan 16, 2033 Thaipusam 8 years from now
2034 Friday Feb 3, 2034 Thaipusam 9 years from now
2035 Tuesday Jan 23, 2035 Thaipusam 10 years from now
2036 Monday Feb 11, 2036 Thaipusam 11 years from now
2037 Saturday Jan 31, 2037 Thaipusam 12 years from now
2038 Thursday Jan 21, 2038 Thaipusam 13 years from now
2039 Tuesday Feb 8, 2039 Thaipusam 14 years from now
2023 Sunday Feb 5, 2023 Thaipusam 1 year ago
2022 Tuesday Jan 18, 2022 Thaipusam 2 years ago
2021 Thursday Jan 28, 2021 Thaipusam 3 years ago
2020 Saturday Feb 8, 2020 Thaipusam 4 years ago
2019 Monday Jan 21, 2019 Thaipusam 5 years ago
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Notice, in particular, conversion from the other calendar to the Gregorian calendar, there may be discrepancies.

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