Thaipusam is a Tamil religious festival dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is celebrated by Tamil Hindus around the world in the Tamil month Thai and on the first full moon day of the month also known as Pournami. Thai (to be pronounced ‘Tai’) is the name of the 10th month in the Tamil Calendar and Pusam refers to one of the Tamil astrological stars also called Nakstara.
Thaipusam commemorates the day when Goddess Parvati, mother of Lord Murugan offered a spear to lord Murugan to defeat the demon. Thaipusam is a government holiday in Tamil Nadu. It is also celebrated grandly by Tamil communities living in Singapore and Malaysia