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What is the Thaipusam procession?

SINGAPORE: Hindu devotees celebrated Thaipusam with an annual four kilometre procession that kicked off at the stroke of midnight. Ten thousand participants took part in the event.

The procession made its way from the Serangoon Road Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to the Hindu Temple in Tank Road.

Amidst tight security and safety measures, devotees completed their vows to the Hindu God Murugan, by carrying milk pots and kavadis.

Recently, there were some discussions within the Indian community that the guidelines on religious processions like Thaipusam, were to be tightened by authorities.

Law and Home Affairs Minister, K Shanmugam who was at the festival said that there were no such changes.

“This year there was a little discussion as to whether the rules have been changed or they have been tightened, which is all untrue. In fact there has been absolutely no change in the rules, except that they have been relaxed.”

The Hindu Endowments Board said the number of devotees carrying milk pots was similar to previous years, while there was a slight dip in the number of those carrying spiked kavadis.

The board also noted that there has been a rising trend of devotees from other races, taking part in Thaipusam.

-CNA/ac

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