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Thaipusam: Observing prayers at home still a blessing, say devotees

Ipoh – Following the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) that forbids large gatherings and chariot processions, Thaipusam this year will be different for Hindu devotees.

For K. Shanmuga Nathan, 44, from Jalan Changkat Jong, Teluk Intan, he and said his family would conduct prayers at home.

“We thank the government for not allowing massive gatherings at temples to prevent the spread of Covid-19, because new clusters can emerge if we are able to do so,” he told Bernama.

He said what was important was to celebrate the festival with family members at home.

“I will also pray that Covid-19 will be over soon, so that lives can return to normal soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, M. Devithran, 28, from Kampung Baru Lahat said he welcomed the decision by the government to allow prayers at temples on Thaipusam to be performed only by five committee members or staff, with strict adherence to the standard operating procedures (SOP).

“Although there will be no procession of kavadi bearers, milk pot bearers, as well as devotees smashing coconuts and shaving their heads, I will pray at the Sri Muniswarer Temple because I am a staff at this temple.

“It is quite sad because we will not be able to meet our friends and relatives for Thaipusam this year, but hopefully we can celebrate it next year,” he said. – Bernama

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