ABOUT 300 people thronged the streets of Jalan Lahat as they paraded from the Sri Tandayuthabai Chettiars temple towards Little India in Ipoh.
They were part of a 2km parade of the Arunagirinathar Vizha, an annual festival to celebrate the 15th-century Tamil poet saint.
The procession also saw a statue of Lord Muruga being ferried on a truck accompanied by musicians, a bullock cart and devotees.
Human Resources Minister and Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran and his wife K. Jayalachimi also took part in the parade.
The festival was organised by the Malaysia Arunagirinathar Association for the 11th year.
Association president Dr V. Jeyabalan said Arunagirinathar wrote a collection of Tamil poems and songs dedicated to Lord Muruga, spreading his teachings.
He said the festival was dedicated to the poet saint and also meant to be promoted among the younger generation, allowing them to know more about the historical figure and his works.
“We want to preserve our culture.
“We have also invited Tamil scholars from India to give talks on our culture as part of the festival, ” he said, adding that the festival was held in Penang, Alor Setar, Johor Baru, Cameron Highlands and Kuala Lumpur as well.
Dr Jeyabalan said the association planned to include cultural elements from other races in future festivals.
“This year, we had bhangra musicians parading with us.
“We plan to have Chinese lion dancers with us in the future. We want this festival to be high-spirited and a happy one enjoyed by everyone, ” he added.
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