Penang Calls off Thaipusam festivities, Devotees Told to Stay Home

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GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA, January 8, 2021 (Free Malaysia Today): Penang’s famous week-long Thaipusam festivities will not take place this year following concerns of a Covid-19 spike as the state’s five districts are now red zones. Every year, about three million people from all over the country and overseas converge on the island to take part in a 4.35 mile chariot procession from Little India to Waterfall Road, in a tradition which began almost 150 years ago. At a press conference today, Penang Deputy Chief Minister P. Ramasamy also urged all devotees to stay home this Jan 28. “Stay at home. We are all in a red zone. We do not want a Thaipusam Covid-19 cluster. We plead to you to pray at home,” he said.

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