Mike and I went to the Batu Caves outside of KL, which is a large shrine, at the top of a stairway of 272 steps. We chose the perfect time to go as the city was gearing up to celebrate Thaipusam, which is a Hindu festival of penance and a day to fulfill their vows for prayers answered. The festival didn’t start until the next day, so we had the benefit of seeing all the action without having to deal with the crowds (which are expected to be in the 100s of thousands). Pilgrims carry bowls of milk, fruit and flowers to the shrine. Other devotees shave their heads and cover them in a yellow paste. The most famous part of the celebrations are the massive piercings that some devotees receive…through their cheeks and faces mostly, but many of them also get giant hooks into their bodies, and pull a platform with peacock feathers. It’s a pretty big deal especially this year because it was proclaimed a holiday in KL for the first time. We had an amazing time…there were so many monkeys around the summit, begging for food and causing mischief. I also ate a coconut. Yum!

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