Posts Tagged ‘Festival’

Thaipusam Quiz

January 27th, 2016
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Thaipusam is just over. Many Hindus would have visited Lord Muruga’s abode, and quite a number would have fulfilled their vows, be it carrying paal kudam or kavadi. This is evident from the many photos shared in mainstream media and social media platforms.

I was listening to radio during Thaipusam and there were some talk shows on the religious significance of Thaipusam, the do’s and don’ts, etc.

Do you know what Thaipusam is all about? Take the challenge below and try answer the questions

 

  1. What does “Thaipusam” mean?
  2. Why is Thaipusam celebrated?
  3. Why do devotees carry paal kudam or kavadi?
  4. Who is Edumban?
  5. Why do the devotees wear yellow?
  6. Why do some devotees break coconuts?
  7. Why do devotees fast 48 days prior to fulfilling their vows?
  8. How long is Thaipusam celebrated?
  9. What happens to the milk carried by devotees?
  10. Can devotee fulfill his/her vow at any Murugan temple?

Leave your answers in the comments, or better still, let it be in your thoughts, always.

Summary of PM Najib goodies during Unity Ponggal concert

February 3rd, 2013
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I watched the Unity Ponggal event (organised by MIC and an NGO) via TV. The HD version was good. The performances were OK, but the theme of event totally spoilt by the speeches, especially by MIC leaders. Disgraceful comes to mind. Saying unity but talk about politics.

Anyway, the most anticipated moment is PM Najib’s speech as he is expected to announce goodies (remember last year event at Kapar?). The list below is what he had mentioned today:

1. He will discuss with Education Minister Muhyiddin on possibility of converting those partially-aided SJKTs, who agree to be converted, into fully aided ones in stage.

2. TAFE college to be upgraded to technical university college

3. funding for pre-school education to be provided in SJKTs

4. funding to upgrade 15 crematoriums and community centres in areas where Indian community population is high.

5. to focus on reducing crime among Indian youths, increase equity to 3% and improve access to higher education.

The goodies were quite general in nature (and some like 3% equity is stale news), so expect the details to arrive…probably after GE13. I’m always wary of the (yet-t0-be-seen)  fine prints. The upgrading of TAFE is something MIC asked for, during the AGM.

Myself quite disappointed because PM (i) didn’t declare holiday for Ponggal, (ii) didn’t lift suspension on Vishvaroopam, and (iii) didn’t announce that places in matrikulasi and asasi IPTA will be open to all.

Oh yeah, he also mentioned something about “Indians, including Indian Muslims” when talking about money changers business. Struck me as odd.

Interestingly, PR also held a Ponggal function today in Klang, and yes, it was also politically-toned.

Abusing our festivals.

 

Largest Ponggal Pot at Batu Caves

January 15th, 2013
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Ponggal at Batu Caves took an unique look as a large 3 metre tall pot was used to cook the ponggal. An estimated 18,500 litres of milk were used. The ponggal was then used for offering and also distributed to the devotees. Its an entry in Malaysian Book of Records, and probably in the world records as well.  Government allocated RM80k via Culture Ministry

Yeah, its a tourist attraction and a chance to highlight the culture. Perhaps they should have also held a community ponggal session for those interested to cook their own ponggal as well.  That would have provided extra kick for tourists and visitors.

PS: I wonder with all the prominence given to Ponggal nowadays, got any chance of making it a public holiday ka? 🙂

 

Ponggal Batu Caves Milk Pot

image source: http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/batu-caves-cable-cars-ready-by-2014-1.199127

 

It was a record-breaking Ponggal at Batu Caves last night when a 3m-tall pot was used to boil milk, making it the largest pot to be used for the festival in Malaysia.

The pot, which has a volume of 18,500 litres and weighs 700kg, entered the Malaysia Book Of Records as the largest pot used for Ponggal.

Onlookers, who were amused and amazed by the large pot, were seen taking photographs of it.

The pot was powered by several gas tanks and the milk inside had to be constantly stirred by two men.

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, who attended the Ponggal celebration at Batu Caves last night, took the opportunity to add milk to the pot to mark the momentous occasion.

“I’ve never seen a bigger milk pot in my life. I was told by Malaysia Book Of Records founder (Datuk Danny Ooi) that this pot, together with its stainless steel heating, is 2.7m in diameter, making it the world’s largest area to boil milk,” he said at the event last night.

Amazed: Visitors admiring the pot during the Ponggal celebration at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur.
Amazed: Visitors admiring the pot during the Ponggal celebration at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur.

He urged Malaysians to love the country for what it was and ignore what critics might say about the nation.

“Let us regard the Ponggal celebration as a sign that we are united. The ministry will always support the community in making this festival a success,” he said.

Sri Maha Mariamman Devasathanam temple committee chairman Datuk R. Nadarajah said he wanted to celebrate the festival with a large pot as a way of encouraging people to participate in cultural celebrations such as Ponggal.

“Our intention is to promote the arts and culture of the Tamil community,” he said.

On another matter, Dr Rais said the ministry was working towards having Batu Caves gazetted as a world heritage site by the United Nations by 2015.

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/1/15/nation/12577037&sec=nation

Tamil schools not allowed to take holiday for Ponggal???

January 9th, 2013
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Another ridiculous move by the MOE if the news below is true. Previously, Tamil schools can take special holiday for Ponggal which falls in mid January.  And surely no one in the right mind will put a day before Thaipusam as replacement class! What in the world are these guys having for food? Is this only in Kedah or nationwide directive?

THE Indian community is unhappy over the Education Ministry’s decision not to allow Tamil schools to take a day off as a special holiday for the Ponggal festival which falls on Jan 14, reported Tamil Nesan.

It quoted Sungai Petani MIC division deputy chairman T.H. Subra as saying that education officers did not understand the significance of the festival.

He was also unhappy that Jan 26 had been marked as a school day to replace additional holidays given for the Chinese New Year celebration.

“This is unsuitable as most Hindu children will be busy preparing for Thaipusam, which falls on Jan 27,” he said, adding that until last year, Tamil schools were given the flexibility to take three days off a year for religious festivals.

He urged education officers to be fair to all communities.

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/1/9/nation/12549401&sec=nation

2013 Deepavali Date Confusion: 2 or 3 November?

January 8th, 2013
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There seems to be a confusion over Deepavali 2013 date. Do a search in Google and nearly every result show Deepavali is on 3rd November 2013 (Sunday), including our next door neighbor Singapore  (http://www.mom.gov.sg/employment-practices/employment-rights-conditions/leave-and-holiday/Pages/PublicHolidays2013.aspx).

Refer Wiki as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

However the calendar released by Bahagian Kabinet of Prime Minister’s Department lists 2 November as Deepavali (link here: http://www.kabinet.gov.my/images/stories/kelepasanam/2013_merged.pdf)

2013 Public Holidays Malaysia

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I’ve just sent feedback to Bahagian Kabinet to ask them to check since Deepavali supposed to be on 3rd. Hope to get reply from them. As far as I know, the festival date is consulted with KL Mariamman Temple Devasthanam, so wonder how they ended up with different date than rest of the world

Deepavali being a religious festival, is calculated based on astronomy. If you check the Hindu panchangam, it falls on ammavasai (no moon day), which is on 3rd of November this year.

Hope things can be clarified immediately as this involves religious festival and public holiday, where people will make plans for celebration and travel. Especially when Deepavali falls on Sunday because Monday becomes public holiday! 🙂