Kâvadi – Mauritius Island
Kâvadi – Mauritius Island by hansley on Vimeo is a beautiful little video of the Hindu festival Thaipusam celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February).
A combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. Thaipusam commemorates the occasion Parvati gave Murugan a Vel ( a spear ) to vanquish Soorapadman, an evil demon.
Kâvadi Attam is the dance performed by the devotees you see in the video below.
The Kâvadi is a physical burden through which the devotees implore for help from Murugan. The day of the festival, devotees undertake a pilgrimage along a set route carrying various types of kavadi (burdens) and performing the Kâvadi Attam. Some Hindu devotees will also pierce the skin, tongue or cheeks with “vel” skewers.
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If you like this video you should also watch Diwali in Mauritius