15 of the Most Dangerous Festivals Around the World
Held every year in January or February, Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated in southern India and across Southeast Asia.
In Malaysia, the festival attains grand proportions with thousands gathering at the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple inside the Batu Caves to honor Lord Murugan.
Extreme body piercing is an integral part of the Thaipusam festival. Devotees pierce themselves with silver skewers attached to a cart and pull it to take the physical burden.
While most of the time supervision and medical facilities are at hand to ensure safety, it’s a dangerous ritual nonetheless.