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    A devotee has his tongue pierced during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore, January 21, 2019

    World Greets Tamil Hindus for 'Thaipusam' Festival Known for Face, Body Piercing

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    Known for devotees who pierce their faces and bodies with swords, skewers, and hooks, Thaipusam, or Thaipooyam, is celebrated towards the end of January or beginning of February, depending on the celestial alignment of the sun, moon, planetary bodies and the stars.

    Greetings are being exchanged all over the world for the Tamil Hindu festival of Thaipusam. The festival is marked with penance, body piercings, long walks and gaiety. It is a colourful and happy festival, yet incorporates deep reverence.

    The festival is celebrated all over the world, wherever there is a significant Tamil Hindu population. Countries like Malaysia, Mauritius and Sri Lanka have government and bank holidays on this day. Malaysian Minister for Human Resources M. Kula Segaran has extended his wishes to all Malaysian Tamil Hindus.

    ​​The Crown Prince of Johor, His Royal Highness Major General Tunku Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim, has extended greetings from his official twitter account.

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