Thaipusam Indian festival in Penang

This is one of the biggest festivals here, and it’s fun. The best things are that you get to smash coconuts onto the road, and that lots of businesses hand out free (Indian vegetarian) food and drinks – water or cordial. There is a lot of information on the web about this festival, so I won’t repeat it.

Here are a few photos from Saturday.

lots of people

lots of people

a nice Ganesha

a nice Ganesha

the aforementioned coconuts-in-waiting

the aforementioned coconuts-in-waiting

where the coconuts come from

where the coconuts come from

people lining up for free food

people lining up for free food

dancers in action

dancers in action

dancers in action

dancers in action

more people lining up for food

more people lining up for food

food

food

interesting hats

interesting hats

dancers not in action - with the Komtar tower in the background - Penang's tallest building

dancers not in action – with the Komtar tower in the background – Penang’s tallest building

more food

more food

I had to leave before the coconut smashing, but here are a few photos from a previous year (2010):

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And later in the day, down in Waterfall area, a few kilometers away…

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It’s a great festival, and definitely worth catching.

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