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What is Thai Poosam and why is it celebrated?

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Thai Poosam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community. It falls in Tamil Solar month Thai which is Solar month Makara in other Hindu calendars.

It is celebrated not only in countries where the Tamil community constitutes a majority but also in countries where Tamil communities are smaller such as Mauritius, Singapore and Malaysia. This festival is also referred to as Thaipooyam. This festival marks the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel or spear so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadam.
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