After the first day of Thaipusam, which was full of smiley faces, dancing and smashed coconuts, the second day seemed a bit depressing. A group of men gathered near a small Hindu temple to have their bodies (mostly back, cheeks and tongues) pierced. They do it every year on the second day of Thaipusam celebrations to show their devotion to Murugan, Hindu god. Once their bodies are pierced, they undertake the pilgrimage along the route that takes them to another Hindu temple, where they can present their offering to the god. The whole thing is both creepy and magical, scary and fascinating, repulsive and amazing.