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.


The Tamilian Pongal Festival was held in a traditional manner in Bern in Switzerland recently with the participation of a number of Tamils. The event was organized under the auspices of the Thiru Gnanalingeswarar Koil. Leader of Bern City Herr Alec Von Graffinreid graced the event with his presence.

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