Thaipoosam Cavadee, 8th February 2020

Thaipoosam Cavadee

Thaipoosam Cavadee

Thaipoosam Cavadee, 8th February 2020

Posted: 03/02/2020

One of the most popular and spectacular religious festivals in Mauritius is Thaipoosam Cavadee. The festival is of Tamil origin and is a public holiday in Mauritius. There is a ten day period of fasting and prayers before the devotees walk barefoot to the temple carrying the cavadee structures on their backs. Cavadee is an arched structure (made from wood, metal or plastic) and symbolises sacred mountains from an ancient Tamil legend. Once the temple is reached, offerings are made to the god of Muruga followed by prayers. Many devotees will have their tongue and cheeks pierced with needles and rituals, such as fire-walking and sword-climbing, can also be observed as part of the ceremony.

 

 

Date: Saturday 8th February 2020

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