Thursday, 5 February 2015

Sickly rants

Been sick for the past few days...
Bouts of fever and sore throat last week.
Runny nose, coughing non-stop with phlegm at my voice box this week.
Damn irritating as I'm losing sleep to coughing and feeling more stressed out especially waking up voiceless.

Due to this, I've missed out Thaipusam greeting and Lap Chun posting. Sigh!

Anyway, just a summary of these celebrations:
Thaipusam "Thaipoosam" (Tamil: தைப்பூசம், Taippūcam) is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). It is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Guadalupe, Reunion, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar.

The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel "spear" so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. There is a misconception among people that Thaipusam marks Murugan's birthday; however, it is believed that Vaikhasi Vishakam, which falls in the Vaikhasi month (May/June), is Murugan's birthday.

You can read more of it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thaipusam

Believe it or not, I have not been to Batu Caves and not even during the Thaipusam celebration as I worried about the crowd and also THE climb! LOL! Perhaps, 1 fine day when my guts dare to climb those flight of stairs!

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms (節氣). Lìchūn (pīnyīn) or Risshun (rōmaji) (Chinese and Japanese: 立春; Korean: 입춘; Vietnamese: Lập xuân; literally: "start of spring") is the 1st solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 315° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 330°. It more often refers in particular to the day when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 315°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around February 4 and ends around February 18 (February 19 East Asia time). It's also the beginning of a Sexagenary cycle.

You can read more of it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichun

This is always associated with the egg standing stance as it seems eggs will only stand during this day. Not sure how true it is but it is always a wonderful experience trying to get the egg stand on this auspicious day yearly LOL!
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