Just over a week ago (17 January 2014) the Hindu festival of Thaipusam was celebrated by the Tamil community of Singapore. This is an amazing experience that I have been fortunate to witness now four times. My first experience (you can read about that here) saw me walk the entire 4.5km route from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple on Serangoon Road to the Sri Thendayuthapani temple on Tank Road with the devotees carrying their Kavadis and other offerings. For the last three I've decided just to observe from a specific point along the route.
If you've never experienced it for yourself and you have the opportunity to I would strongly suggest that you do. It's unlike any other religious festival that I've witnessed and an experience that really does stay with you for a long time afterwards. This year was the first time my husband got to see it for himself and whilst we only watched for a little while here, as I haven't written about it since my first year, are just a few photos from the day.
Not seen this before, Kavadis that look like the Hindu temples