Thaipusam is a key Hindu ceremony that is held each year during the full moon in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar – Thai – falling from mid-January to mid-February in the Gregorian calendar. It is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community including Malaysia. . It mark as public holiday in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Kedah, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang & Selangor.
I’ve been living in Kota Kinabalu for so many years but never heard of this festival being held around here. All this years, I only know this iconic festival attracts over one million devotees and tens of thousands of tourists at Batu Caves. I was looking for some photographic opportunity during Deepavali last year, when I see the note about Thaipusam at Sri Subramaniam Temple (KM22, Penampang-Papar Road in Lok Kawi). My curiosity about it lead me to ask one of the visitor at the temple, I am lucky enough to know that the person I talked to is one of the temple management team. He said it was actually held every year. Yes, every year here in Kota Kinabalu and I have never seen a picture of this festival that was taken from here.
With the information given, I managed to find the location where it being held. It was at Meruntum waterfront near Sabindo Traffic Light. I can’t wait a friend of mine, Rade to arrive when I saw the ceremony is already started. During the ceremony, I’m still curious will be there any piercing like what we used to see at Batu Caves. I decided to stay when the group of devotees carrying a pot of milk walks to Sri Subramaniam Temple. Then I just realise that the piercing ceremony will be held.
Since this was my first time covering Thaipusam Festival, I have no idea how and what to expect. These are some images I took this morning with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4.
I can’t stay until the end of ceremony (I wish I could), I have another priority for family & to perform Friday Prayer. I learn a lot about this festival, next year I’ll aim for the eve Thaipusam. It much more interesting in Batu Caves, but I prefer to highlight the festival at Kota Kinabalu.
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I have been discussed with some of my friend about my photography project for this year, “Strangers Project”. The idea is very simple, to take portrait of people that we just met. Personally, i’m not the guy who talks a lot, but actually i have the interest to get to know people. So this is a good reason for me to get out from my comfort zone & explore. Never think about being rejected, it is worth trying than regret for not to do this 10 years from now. What if, today is my last day in my life? Thats how late Steve Job had his first date with his wife. Anyway, this are couple of portrait of people that i managed to break the bread and gained their trust over my 35mm lens.
This Indian Muslim guy is very talkative & pretty much likes to talk about his family. He is now 52yo, awaiting for another 3 year before he will be able to withdrew his sum of money that reside in his KWSP account. For most of us that working throughout Malaysia. About 11% of our monthly salary being deducted every month & debited to KWSP account. “As soon as i withdrew the money, i’m going to ask my son to get married”. Nothing beats the happiness of a father to see his son to be with a person that he loved.
Azman Rayuh is very interesting person, I just found out his is a muslim when i’m about to leave after about a good 10-15 minutes conversation (in Mandarin)
My project consist of 5 series portrait of Pakistani, hopefully god will give me the strength to complete this by November 2013.