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June 7, 2017

Murugan’s Birthday

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Vaikasi Visakam.

Vaikasi Visakam is the celebration of the birthday of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. He is the god of courage, wealth and wisdom and the younger son of Shiva and Parvati. He is the brother of the elephant-headed Ganesha.

Vaikasi Visakam procession
The procession through the streets

On the day, Tamil people go in a procession to carry milk to the appropriate temple.

carrying milk
Carrying milk

I had no idea what was going on when I heard drumming at about 6am. While I was having breakfast, I saw all these people going past and celebrating, so I grabbed my camera and went out on the streets to take some shots. I did not know what it was all about.

drinking curd
Refreshing curd drink

The people in the processions were given drinks by some stalls along the way.

mad colours
Mad colours

There is a guy under all that gaudiness.

hanging around
Hanging around.

There were a few guys suspended by hooks. But not many.

the band
The band.

Quite a few musical groups. The processions kept coming for about 3 hours that I noticed. Probably a lot more.

boys acting up
Boys acting up.

And of course some young blokes had to have as much fun as possible, throwing water at everyone. They even grabbed my hat.

spike through the cheeks
Spikes through the cheeks

There were lots and lots of guys with long spikes through their cheeks. It was explained to me that there was no pain and no wound afterwards. I do not think I will try it out.

More spikes

The ladies were getting into it as well.

proud young man
Proud young man

This handsome young man was walking along very proudly.


Lots of friends out together having a good time.

more friends
More friends.

I like it that people were out with their friends and family and having a great time.

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