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Interstate Traffic Not Over Yet As 1.5mil Visitors Expected In Penang For Thaipusam Long Weekend

today30 January 2023


Thaipusam Festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur 2023
Source: Man vs Clock

Just as we near the end of Chinese New Year interstate traffic, expect yet another wave coming for the next festive celebration!

A total of 1.5 million travellers are expected to make their way to Penang next weekend in conjunction with Thaipusam.

Thaipusam is celebrated annually during the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai in January or February and takes place on 5 February, next Sunday, this year.

For Hindus, it is a time to ask Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva, for good health, prosperity, and forgiveness in the new year.

Hindus celebrate Thaipusam festival across Asia
Source: TRT World

Over the past two years, the pandemic reduced the scale of celebrations to curb the spread of Covid-19. Hence, just like all the festivities this year, the public can’t wait to return to a state of packed streets and crowded areas for a sense of normalcy.

Thanneermalai Shree Balathandayuthabani Temple chairman Datuk Seri P. Kuvena Raju told reporters that they…

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Written by: Quinny Tan