KUALA LUMPUR – The annual Thaipusam celebrated by Hindu devotees in Batu Caves attracted foreign tourists who were highly impressed by the vibrancy and warmth shared by the multiracial community during the celebration.
One of the visitors, Rebecca Welch, 34, from England, was highly impressed to see and join in the fun and festive atmosphere today.
“It’s so amazing! Last year, my friend told me that Thaipusam is a huge and colourful event, and here I am to make sure that I’m not going to miss it, it’s a really interesting festival,” she told Bernama.
Welch said she was quite surprised to experience Thaipusam in Batu Caves compared to what she saw in India last year.
“It’s like ‘mini India’ here in Malaysia,” she said.
Meanwhile, Indonesian Ratna Aqilah Maulana, 34, from Acheh, together with two friends, took the opportunity to visit the Batu Caves to see the unique celebration.
“In Acheh, there are not many Hindu followers and no celebrations like this. I am quite excited to see the colourful atmosphere and filled with people regardless of age,” she said.
Bernama’s check found that as early as 7 am, devotees flooded the Batu Caves grounds to fulfill their respective vows by carrying milk pots and beautifully decorated kavadi.
Meanwhile, Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple Committee chairman Tan Sri R. Nadarajah expressed his gratitude to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zahid Hamidi who attended the celebration.
“The presence of deputy prime minister is highly anticipated and the government has never forgotten the interests of the Indian community,” he said.
He also thanked Ahmad Zahid for announcing a RM2 million allocation to develop a cultural complex for the Indian community at the temple. – BERNAMA