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About Thaipoosam Cavadee
Mauritius celebrates the festival of Thaipusam Cavadee. People celebrated the festival mostly in Tamil Community but now it is celebrated by the overall Hindu community. It is celebrated as the birthday of the Hindu deity Muruga, is the youngest son of the Trinity Lord Shiva in Hindu mythology. He is recognized as carrying the weapon also called Vel. Devotees also pierce their skin and tongue with neutralized needles. The cavadees are wooden frames stretched all over the shoulders and are well adorned with flowers, palm leaves, bells, peacock feathers and statues of god. There is also a pot of milk attached to each cavadee and containing photos of Muruga There is also a pot of milk attached to each cavadee. It is celebrated once a year, usually in January or February, by the Hindus of Tamil origin. The procession was a walk of a few kilometers from the river at Riche Fond, going through St Julien Village and ending at the temple (i.e. kovil) in Riche Fond itself. The date of the celebration is fixed according to the Tamil calendar and occurs in the months of January and February in Mauritius. Devotees fast for ten whole days before Cavadee. Girls often dressed in yellows and greens and garlanded with golden flowers, playing Kummi and Kolaattam. The milk is poured over the deity from head to foot; this blessed milk is drunk and shared by everyone. After the ceremony, Cavadees are taken home. The next day devotees gather at the temple to take part in a ceremony which ends the very elaborate and hard festival called Thaipoosam Cavadee.
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