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Thaipusam “Thaipoosam” (Tamil: தைப்பூசம், Taippūcam ?) is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). It is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar
The Aguman Sanduk Festival, now on its 82nd year, is a tradition by Minalin’s locals during every turn of the new year. Stories have it that two brave men paraded in the town’s streets wearing women’s clothes just to cheer and provide laughter to their wives and all the women in particular. It was a time when people needed laughter the most, for in that year they suffered the worst drought Minalin had experienced. From a two-man team dancing on Minalin’s streets, the tradition grew into this much anticipated festival. The local men continue to put smiles on women’s faces by dressing up in beautiful gowns and putting on makeup as a beauty queen would do. Most men go as far as putting on tiaras, as well as dancing fabulously on intricately designed parade floats.
This national holiday was established to commemorate the end of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979
Sometimes incorrectly called the Laos New Year because it takes place at the beginning of January, this holiday celebrates the reincarnation of Buddha. The cool thing about this holiday is that it takes place on varying dates in different places, so you’ll often see people planning out a celebration-route to hit surrounding villages to celebrate with friends and family. It’s also considered an auspicious time for Laotian men to enter the monkhood, and most people spend a lot of time at their temples meditating, making merit, and listening to sermons.