The eagerly anticipated annual Thaipusam bazaar, which takes place adjacent to the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple in Batu Caves, is poised to make a grand return this year from January 23 to 26. According to a report by The Star, this year’s festivities will witness a notable expansion, with an increased number of stalls compared to the previous year.
The Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) disclosed that approximately 290 stalls will be in operation, a notable rise from the 236 stalls that were present in the previous year. The highest count this year is in the food and beverage category, totaling 128 stalls, followed by 47 stalls offering henna painting services. Additionally, there will be 51 stalls providing head shaving and tattoo services, along with 19 stalls selling flower garlands.
A special allocation of 15 stalls is reserved for disabled traders, and another 22 stalls are designated for non-profit groups. The bazaar will also feature 10 food trucks to cater to a diverse range of preferences.
MPS Licencing Department deputy director Zariman Ibrahim said that to facilitate a less congested and more hygienic environment, the bazaar will be divided into sections A and B, extending from near Plaza UMNO to the Batu Caves KTM station and from the station to near the temple. In an effort to embrace contemporary payment solutions, the council is actively promoting the adoption of cashless payment methods among the participating traders. This strategic move aligns with the global trend towards digital transactions and is intended to enhance the overall efficiency and convenience of transactions during the Thaipusam bazaar.
Source: The Star