Thaipusam (Thaipooyam, Thaipoosam) will be celebrated on 30th January, 2010, the pooyam (also full moon) day of Makaram (January-February) in the Tamil month of Thai. Thaipooyam falls during the Malayalam months of Makaram and in Medam. To find the nakshatra on Thaipusam day and how the day will be as per your own personal birth chart or horoscope, please visit http://decisioncare.org/astrology/. You can find the auspicious moments of the day and your vedic horoscope all for free at http://decisioncare.org/astrology/
The festival begins when Parvati gave Murugan a vel (lance) to kill the evil demon Soorapadman. The celebration involves devotees carrying different types of Kavadi to the Murugan temple.
In Palani, Tamil Nadu, India, during Thai Pusam, thousands of devotees flock to Palani and attend kavadi. The number of kavadis reaching Palani for Thai Pusam is about 10,000. For Pankuni Uttiram, 50,000 kavadis arrive. In Vaikom, Kerala, India, Thaipooyam festival is conducted with Kaavadis at Udayanapuram Subramanya temple. Devotees take panchamritha kaavadi, paal kaavadi, bhasma kaavadi etc.
Outside of India, Thaipusam is celebrated in Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and elsewhere around the world.
The famous Kavadi pilgrimage on the Thaipusam day takes place at the Batu Caves in Malaysia. where devotees go in procession to the Murugan temple carrying the ‘Kavadi’. This festival has over a million people at Batu Caves, near Kuala Lampur, with a 42.7 meter high statue of Lord Murugan. Pilgrims need to climb 272 steps to access the temple on the hilltop. Some devotees even torture their bodies as a major feature of Thaipusam celebrations by body piercing with hooks, skewers and small lances called ‘vel’. Thaipusam is also celebrated at another cave site, the Sri Subramaniar Temple in Gunong Cheroh, Ipoh, Perak and at the Nattukottai Chettiar Temple along Jalan Waterfall in Penang. It is a public holiday in several states in Malaysia including Selangor, Penang, Perak, Johor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur.