The festival is also referred to as Thaipooyam or Thaippooyam The word Thaipusam is derived from the month name Thai and Pooyaam which refers to a star Pushya Nakshatra that is at its highest point during the festival.
The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave skanda a vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadam. There is a saying Thaipuyyamam marks lord Subramayan’s birthday.
this festival is very well celebrated in southindia, malayasia and singapur on the full moon in the month of january
Kavadi Attam is a dance performed by the devotees for pleasing there dear little lord Subramanya during the ceremonial worship of Kartikeya, the God of War.
It is often performed during the festival of Thaipooyam and emphasizes debt bondage. The Kavadi itself is a physical burden through which the devotees implore for help from the God ,devotees take a vow to offer a kavadi to idol for the purpose of tiding over or averting a great calamity. The simplest kavadi is a semicircular decorated canopy supported by a wooden rod that is carried on the shoulders, to the temple carrying a pot of milk for abhishegam (milk bath) of the idol