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Thaipusam is celebrated by Hindus (Tamil community) to pay vows made to Lord Muruga and other Hindu gods. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati (Hindu god of destruction) gave Murugan (God of War) a "spear" so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadam. It is one of Malaysia’s biggest attractions. Durig the festival, tourist have the opportunity to watch thaipusam as thousands of devotees fullfilling their vows by carrying milk pots, kavadis (dance performed by the devotees during the ceremonial), getting pierced with belled hooks on their body.
On the eve of Thaipusam, the Chariot procession takes place from the Amman temple in Lebuh Ampang until Batu Caves. Sometimes, there are even bare-footed devotees walking along during the ceremony.