In the 1990s Spitalfields market hosted lots of different events. Mike Myers (below) is seen singing at a festival event.
The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. Food is freely distributed during the festival.