Thaipoosam Cavadee

La communauté tamoule de l’île Maurice célèbre en ferveur le Thaipoosam Cavadee pour rendre hommage au Dieu Muruga, vainqueur des forces du mal. Cette fête est célébrée au mois de Thai, généralement entre January and February dans le calendrier Grégorien, au cours duquel les dévots respectent un jeûne de dix jours marqué par le sacrifice et l’abstinence.

Thaipoosam Cavadee

Thaipoosam Cavadee, les tamoules de l'Ile Maurice

According to legend d’Idumban, l’acte de dévotion du Cavadee symbolise l’acte symbolique de celui-ci, qui porta les cimes de deux montagnes accrochées à un bâton porté sur ses épaules et rencontra sur son chemin, le dieu Muruga qui après quelques évènements lui attribua accorda sa bénédiction. Les dévots Mauriciens accomplissent à leur tour le pèlerinage portant les Cavadee sur leurs épaules, transpercés par des aiguilles d’argent pour lui rendre hommage et également dans le but d’obtenir à leurs tours sa grâce divine.

On the day of the festival, devotees go to the temple early in the morning and then prepare to go to a local river to have their faces, tongues and bodies pierced with "Vels" (small needles in the shape of spears) as a sign of penance. The needles are used to materialize their vow of silence which they will observe during the procession.

Then they go to the Kovil (the temple) carrying the cavadee, made of wood and bamboo, decorated with leaves, flowers and holy images, for prayers and offerings to the god Muruga. Once arrived at the temple, after the offerings to Muruga, the devotees attend prayers, then comes the time for sharing.

As a custom, the vegetarian dish, Arusuvai, including different flavors (sour, sweet, salty, sour, bitter), is offered, to remind that life is made up of ups and downs but that together it can very well form a joyful harmony

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Today, the Tamil community of Mauritius is celebrating Thaipoosam Cavadee. The Mauritian devotees in turn perform the pilgrimage carrying the Cavadee on their shoulders, pierced by silver needles to pay homage to him and also with the aim of obtaining his divine grace in their turn. #mythology #myth #legend #calendar #cavadee

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