The auspicious and religiously significant Ipoh Kallumalai Temple will be celebrating and observing Thaipusam as usual next year on January 25, 2024, as planned. This was assured by Sivanesan Achalingam, a member of the Perak State Executive Council. The problem of who should organise the Thaipusam festival next year had risen between two factions of the Ipoh Hindu Devasthana Paripalana Sabah, which caused some rumours to spread that Thaipusam would not be taking place next year.
Sivanesan Achalingam assures the public that the Hindu festival of Thaipusam will commence as usual next year and that the public need not pay any attention to false information.
The main problem was who was to organise Thaipusam—the old committee or the new committee. The new committee’s names were still not registered in the system; in the system, only the old committee’s names were registered. Now the two committees are joining hands to organise Thaipusam. This is until the ROS grants one commitee the right to organise the festival.
– Sivanesan Achalingam
Thaipusam is one of the most prominent and devotedly celebrated and observed religious festivals in Malaysia by the Tamil Hindu community. In Peninsula Malaysia, this holy day, which commemorates the Hindu deity Murugan, is celebrated by his devotees with many forms of rituals and offerings. For the Malaysian Tamil Hindu population, Thaipusam is seen as an intricate and inseparable part of their ethnic and religious identity.
Source: Vanakkam Malaysia