Sometimes you just fall into amazing experiences by simply saying YES!!! When I was asked to cover Thaipusam I almost said no. I had never even heard of this festival and wasn’t in the mood to cover a religious festival right before covering another religious festival in India. But I’ve decided to say yes to as many cultural events as possible. And WOW was I rewarded. Thaipusam, a Tamil Hindu festival, was one of the most exhilarating and fascinating events I’ve ever had the chance to cover. Not only did it test my physical endurance, yeah I climbed the Batu Caves steps 3 times in 4 hours, but also my creativity.
As I watched the time and commitment these worshipers put into their offerings I knew I had to capture them properly. This worshiper is carrying a paal kudam on his head. A pot of milk used as an offering to the Hindu God Lord Murugan. In the same vein as the more well known Holi. The tradition states that anyone carrying a kavadi, or burden, must cleanse themselves for 48 days through celibacy, diet, and continuous prayer. True devotion to their faith.
This is truly a festival I think everyone should see once in their lives. The customs, colors, people, and food make for an experience you won't forget. With the world getting smaller and smaller, authentic experiences like this are becoming hard to find. What’s the most interesting festival or ceremony you’ve experienced? #Thaipusam#Malaysia#Hindu
EH IYA, belom sempet cerita tentang tempat ini ya.
Ini di Gubei Water Town, jarak menuju sini dari Beijing kayak Jakarta-Bandung, tapi bedanya ini ditempuh hanya dalam 1 jam perjalanan aja by taxi.
Tempatnya klasik, ada hot spring water free di beberapa sudut kota, saat winter, ASELIK INI DINGIN BANGET DI SINI! -15°C coy!
Yang menarik, ada banyak banget jajanan di hampir sepanjang jalan, penginapan pun ada, but pembayaran di sini 90% hanya pakai Alipay atau WeChat Pay. Huftt..
Dan, karena sungai yang beku, warga sini menjadikannya sebagai wisata es macem Ice Skating, Hockey, dll.
GUE REKOMEN BANGET TEMPAT INI KALO KALIAN KE BEIJING YA!
Kayaknya Summer/Autumn di sini menarik sih, soalnya sungainya jadi moda transport kayak di Venice gitu.
Masih jarang banget gue ketemu turis di sini, apalagi bule.. Entah karena winter apa kejauhan dari pusat kota Beijing ya? 🤔
📸 Captured by @arizalkyo
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Yang bersungguh-sungguh tidak akan pernah lelah berjuang . Dia hanya akan lebih memilih melangkah ketika tak dihargai, lalu tau diri ..
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