Happy Chap Goh Meh & Happy Thaipusam everyone!
The start of the lunar new year is an exciting time for many communities around the world. For the Chinese community, it is a time to gather with loved ones, clean the house, and welcome good fortune in the form of Chap Goh Meh. On the other hand, the Hindu community marks the celebration of Thaipusam, a festival dedicated to Lord Murugan, the Hindu deity of war and victory.
Chap Goh Meh, also known as the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. It is a time to let go of old grudges, make amends, and start fresh. The tradition of young women throwing oranges into the sea symbolizes letting go of their single status and searching for a new love.
Thaipusam, on the other hand, is a time for spiritual renewal and devotion. Devotees carry kavadis, or elaborately decorated structures, as an offering to Lord Murugan, and also participate in acts of self-punishment such as body piercing to show their devotion.
Both Chap Goh Meh and Thaipusam are vibrant celebrations filled with colourful processions, music, and joyous festivities. It is a time to come together with loved ones and celebrate the many blessings in life.
As we mark the start of the lunar new year, we wish everyone a happy Chap Goh Meh and Thaipusam. May this time be filled with joy, peace, prosperity, and good health for all. Let us come together to celebrate and make this a time to remember.
Again, wishing everyone a Happy Chap Goh Meh, Happy Thaipusam and have a blessed Sunday! Have a wonderful celebration and stay safe.