Pre-Covid scenes from the Penang Thaipusam festival held in 2019.
During the festival, the breaking of the coconuts is a ritual practiced by Hindus as an act of cleansing and also to symbolize the renounce of one’s ego at the feet of the presiding deity Lord Muruga (usually carried on a chariot). The most notable or intriguing scene from this festival is the kavadi-bearers, devotees who usually had their bodies pierced while undergoing a pilgrimage during the festival.
Penang Esplanade is currently host to a multitude of lantern sculptures which light up during the night, showcasing the various iconic or famous landmarks from around the world. The sculptures are placed there as part of the state’s domestic tourism events during the pandemic period.
A stroll through the many alley ways in George town is a little adventure of its own. Several back alleys in George Town recently went through a ‘beautification process’ as new colorful tiled walkways are being built for people to take a stroll along these rustic alleys.