Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia

Losing Oneself at Malaysia's Thaipusam Festival

Collected by: Chip Conley
Festival Correspondent

“Collective effervescence” is experienced at the best of festivals where people find their connection to something bigger. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival in which devotees walk barefoot from Kuala Lumpur to the Batu Caves carrying decorated wooden frames called kavadi that pierce their bodies. It's a reminder that we can transcend our earthly obstacles through discipline and devotion, through belief in powers beyond ourselves, and through the universal love of family and friends.

Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia

Thaipusam: A Festival of Devotional Sacrifice

Thaipusam Festival
Batu Caves, Malaysia
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