What I like about Malaysia is the diverse culture. This is part of the Chinatown, along Kimberly Street where the whole road is beautifully decorated with red lanterns. Kimberly Street has a bustling morning wet market which stretch right up to the Chowrasta Market.
I was passing by and was very excited to stumble on some procession heading my way. The foreground of the above photo is an old Chinese man who is a trishaw rider. I immediately gave my order of, “Stop, stop, stop” to my poor hubby, grab my camera and ran down from the car.
I am not sure which Hindu god this is. I asked an Indian man who was directing traffic and only managed to learnt that these devotees have fasted for two months and the deity on the chariot only comes out on parade once a year. These devotees are garbed in black and have a heavy sack on their heads.
Incidentally, today, I notice that most Hindu homes have two sugar canes tied to their main door. Sugar canes vendors are doing brisk business nearby. BTW, today is the 15th day of the last moon in the Chinese lunar calendar. Which means, the next new cycle of new moon will be Chinese New Year.
The colourful decorated chariot led by two cows.
A closer shot of the cows. At times like this, I really prefer a point and shoot camera with fantastic zoom up to 300mm like my Minolta Z3 (which is still in the shop for repair). My Dynax 5D only afforded up to 70mm. I won’t dare to step too close to the main action for fear of getting chased by the cows. LOL.
In summary, my morning outing was meant to shop for Chinese New Year stuffs but the crowds drove me back home. I will do that on weekdays instead. But still, it has been fun to stumble on a colourful procession like the above and share them online.
Large photos are available on my Flickr site. Just click on the photo and it will lead you to Flickr. If you are interested in Hindu deities procession, you may also want to read more about Thaipusam. An archive of my previous posts on Thaipusam can be found here.