2016 JAN Thaipusam, Singapore

24 January 2016 Sunday

240116 (Sun)

Firstly, Happy New Year, my first blogpost for the year 2016.

The last time I took photos of Thaipusam was in the year 2009.

The Thaipusam procession here in Singapore became a quiet event due to the restrictions of playing live instruments by the authorities.

Coupled with the high price of paying a permit to carry the Kavadi and many other restrictions imposed by the authorities, many Singaporean hindus decided to do it at Batu Caves, Malaysia.

A recurring theme of last minute announcements by the authorities that the playing of live music will be allowed for the 2016 Thaipusam, the mainstream media went overdrive to PR the news only last week.

Quite a good crowd of tourists, locals and foreign workers watching this year Thaipusam as it falls on a Sunday.

The weather was very hot and it started to rain around 1430 hours.

]1[ Kavadi carriers performing at Serangoon road.

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]2[ A Kavadi carrier waiting for his turn to cross the busy junction at Serangoon road.

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]3[ Live music point opposite the Wilkie Edge shopping mall.

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]7[ Family and friends supporting the Kavadi carriers.

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]8[ Kavadi carriers crossing the many busy junctions.

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]9[ Live music point at Dhoby Ghaut Green.

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]10[ Kavadi carriers and devotees waiting to enter the end point,  Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road.

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]11[ Road marshallers controlling the devotees entering the end point,  Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road.

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]12[ Kavadi carrier with an image of Ganesha.

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]13[ ERP close shop and replaced by hindu devotees and Kavadi carriers entering the end point,  Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road.

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]14[ Pouring water to cool down the Kavadi carrier.

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]16[ Police Special Operation Command vehicle on patrol.

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]17[ A tourist taking a selfie with a Kavadi carrier.

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]21[ Kavadi carriers performing at the live music point, opposite Wilkie Edge shopping mall.

]22[ Kavadi carriers performing at the live music point, opposite Wilkie Edge shopping mall .

More photos in Flickristan.

]2016 JAN[ Thaipusam, Singapore

]2009 FEB[ Thaipusam, Singapore

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