The Thimithi Festival, or Fire Walking Festival, in Singapore is a major Hindu festival celebrated during the month of October. It's purpose is to venerate and honor goddess Draupadi. Legend holds that Draupadi was made to walk on burning coals barefoot, without any expressions of pain, in order to prove her fidelity to her husband.
To commemorate this event and respect the courage of the goddess, the Thimithi festival is the time for Hindu priests and devotees to demonstrate their devotion, valor, and fortitude. They do so by walking across a 21-foot pit of burning coals without showing any signs of pain. This is considered a test of purity, as the Hindu devotees and priests believe that they will be burnt only if they are impure. After the fire walking is done, they all walk through a pit of goat's milk and blemish their feet with turmeric.
By AFAR Traveler
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