Tamilians consider Thaipusam as important and celebrate the festival with great fervor. In this case it is the Solar Month that is looked up for identifying the day of Thai Poosam which falls on Makara in Solar month. The mythological story of this festival is that Murugan was bestowed a spear called a Vel by none other than Goddess Parvati for eliminating Soorapadam, a demon with evil intentions and vices. Besides Tamil Nadu, the festival is celebrated in other parts of the world where Tamil community is in large numbers such as Mauritius, Singapore, Sri lanka and Malayasia.
Thaipusam, Lord Murugan Festival