The Mariannam Procession
Accompanied by the chettiars, on a new noon night, the procession will start at the Sri Mariannam Temple at Queen Street. The statue of goddess Mariannam is placed on a wooden horse and drawn by a bullock cart.
There is a ritual slaughtering of a goat at the Muneeswarar Waterfall Temple, at the junction of Waterfall Road and Gottlieb Road. Afterwards the chettiar community (excluding those who will bear the kavadi) partake of a meal in the nearby premises.
This event is celebrated on the full-moon day of the Tamil month of Panguni. It is to honour the marriages of Siva to Shakti and of Lord Subramaniam to Theivani.
Celebrated by most Hindus, particularly by Northern Indians. The Vaishnaivites celebrate it for nine days, at the Sri Rama Temple at York Road.
Most temples carry out fire walking ceremonies in honour of the Goddess Mariannam. As in the Thaipusam festival, the kavadi or ceremonial yoke, is carried to Waterfall Hilltop Temple.
Cheng Beng stretches for a week. During this period, the Chinese community will visit graves of deceased family members and ancestors to pay their respects. Graves are weeded and cleaned, joss-paper is burnt, and offerings are made.
APRIL ~ MAY