Thaippoosam Kaavadi Thiruvizha is a religious festival of prayers and sacrifices normally celebrated in January/February (Thai), when the full moon more or less coincides with the appearance of Murugap Peroumaan’s Star (Poosam).
With Chitirai Powrnami Kaavadi which is celebrated in April/May, it is among the most important religious ceremonies practiced by Mauritians whose ancestors hailed from Tamil Nadu.
Being a Public Holiday in Mauritius, it has no doubt acquired a national dimension. Not only Mauritians of Tamil origin participate in it but also some compatriots of other faiths.