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Thaipoosam Cavadee: Fervor Despite Health Restrictions

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On Tuesday, January 18, the Tamil community will celebrate one of the most important festivals of its calendar, the Thaipoosam Cavadee. This year’s celebrations will be completely different due to health restrictions related to Covid-19. There will be no procession in the streets and only 10 people will be allowed inside the kovils.

The Thaipoosam Cavadee is celebrated every year at the beginning of the year, at the full moon, during the month of “Thai” and is dedicated to God Muruga when his star, the “Poosam” appears in the sky. According to the legend of Idumban, the act of devotion of Cavadee symbolizes the symbolic act of one who carried the tops of two mountains hanging on a stick carried on his shoulders and met on his way, the God Muruga, who after some events, granted him his blessing. It is at the end of the tenth day of fasting that the Mauritians of Tamil faith celebrate the Thaipoosam Cavadee in a spirit of fervor and sacrifice.

Harry Vydelingum, Secretary of Hindu Maha Jana Sangham tells us more about this celebration:

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