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The Colors Of Thaipusam
Over a million Hindus gather every year at various temples nationwide to celebrate Thaipusam.
Thaipusam is a celebration dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan.
Devotees prepare themselves for the occasion by cleansing their bodies through fasting and abstinence, and usually observe a vegetarian diet for a certain period of time.
Many devotees began paying penance a few days before the actual festival, with the carrying of the kavadi (a decorated structure bearing the image of several deities including Lord Murugan) on their shoulders and pal kodum (milk pots) carriehend above their heads.
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