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GEORGE TOWN: Thousands of Buddhist and Hindu devotees thronged temples throughout Penang today to welcome Wesak Day and the Chitrapournami festival or known as mini-thaipusam.
The Wat Buppharam Thai Buddhist Temple in Jalan Perak, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple at Burma Lane and the Penang Buddhist Association along Anson Road saw massive crowds.
Chief monk at Wat Buppharam Temple, Phra Kru Phothitummawat said the Wesak Day procession would start tonight and continue tomorrow with devotees lighting up the night with lotus candles and lanterns.
Meanwhile, thousands of Hindu devotees gathered at the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Hilltop Temple in Waterfall Road here for the Chitrapournami festival, a Tamil ritual observed on the full moon day in the month of Chitirai.
Temple committee chairman P. Kuvena Raju said Chitrapournami festival was normally celebrated in April but this year the celebration fell on the same day
as Wesak Day. - Bernama