Every year, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau releases a video wishing the Tamils in Canada and around the world celebrating Thai Pongal. This year as well, he celebrated Pongal at a school in Markham and delivered a speech about the same.
“Thai pongal is a time for celebration, joy, and community. Families and friends will gather to give thanks for a plentiful harvest and to cook and share Pongal, a sweet rice pudding.
As we mark the end of the harvest season and the start of the New Year, we also celebrate this month as Tamil Heritage Month,” Trudeau said in his official statement.
“During this special time, we recognise the many contributions Tamil Canadians have made to the success and prosperity of our country.
On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating Thai Pongal a joyful festival,” he added.
Last year Trudeau wore Dhoti in a Tamilian style and wished everyone. Notably, outside Asia, Canada is the second largest country that houses the Tamil community.
He also posted a video on his Twitter page and wished everyone in Tamil.
Thai Pongal is a festival of peace & happiness. We had a great time celebrating with the Tamil community in Markham today, thanks for the welcome! pic.twitter.com/IcaOKoBv2y
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 15, 2019
I’m in #Markham–#Thornhill w/ the Tamil community, recognizing their many contributions to Canadian society & learning about the vibrant Tamil culture. I wish the community a happy #TamilHeritageMonth, and to all those celebrating across Canada a happy and joyous #ThaiPongal! pic.twitter.com/mGJSZLuzLG
— Mary Ng (@mary_ng) January 14, 2019