Today, Hindus around the world celebrate Thaipusam, a festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month, Thai. As part of the celebrations, devotees traditionally carry milk pots along a 4km journey from Serangoon Road to Tank Road. Many also carry spiked Kavadis weighing more than 20kg, to show their devotion to the Hindu deity, Lord Murugan. The Straits Times today followed 39-year-old Chandru Latchaman and his family as they prepare for the ceremony. The family has been observing the Thaipusam festival since 1969. To them, and for many others too, carrying the Kavadis is not just a personal act of devotion to the Hindu deity, it is as much as family’s walk of faith because everyone, almost 40 members of the family, are involved in one way or another. It is no wonder the Hindu faith is so successfully transmitted from one generation to the next, not just in Singapore but around the world as well. Such annual milestone religious events help to bond families as well as to cement faith. This is something lacking in the Christianity. Obviously, church attendance, singing songs of worship, partaking of the Lord’s Supper, and even Bible study is inadequate to transmit faith to the next generation. What they (the next generation) need is not more knowledge but experience.
And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel. (Judges 2:10)