Thaipusam Festival- Penang 2012

The dramatic, chaotic Indian Thaipusam Festival is punctuated by a silver chariot pulled by two brightly decorated cows; vigorous coconut smashing; devotees with pierced tongues, cheeks, chests and backs; live musicians escorting a long parade procession and throngs of onlookers. Thaipusam is celebrated annually in India and countries with large Tamil Indian communities such as Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. This photo gallery presents images from 2012 Thaipusam in Penang, Malaysia. Be prepared...