- By J.M.Hafeez

Tamil traditional Thai Pongal Festival was held at the Regional Office of the National Youth Council in Sengadagala. Zonal Director of NYC Asoka Weeraratna was the Chief Guest. Teacher in Charge off the Tamil Division Thiruchelvy Arulkumaran was guest of honour. Studnets and staff participated in the pooja.


Thai Pongal Festival was held as an inter-religious cultural event in Kalkuda recently under the joint auspices of the Kalkuda Educational Zone and the Ministry of National Integration. The event was held at the Senkalady Mathya Maha Vidyalayam.


The traditional Thai Pongal Festival of the Tamil people was held on a grand scale at the Batticaloa Secretariat under the patronage of the Batticaloa Government Agent Uthayakumar. Additional Government Agent Sutharsiny presided. Officials and representatives from 14 districts participated.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attired in Tamilian national dress-Verty- graced the Thai Pongal festival held in Canada. The participants were also celebrating the Tamil Heritage Month in Canada. The Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, joined Mr Trudeau in preparing 'pongal' – a dish made of rice and lentils. Gary Ananda Sangary was also present.

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