SINGAPORE — With Singapore’s multicultural nature, it is not uncommon for many holidays and festivals to be celebrated throughout the year, often one after the other. On Sunday (January 15), some communities celebrated Pongal, a Hindu harvest festival celebrated by Tamils in India and Sri Lanka.
As Workers Party chief and leader of the opposition, Pritam Singh, passed through Serangoon Road on Sunday evening with his wife and daughters on his way to a meal, Ms Denise Phua (PAP), who Member of Parliament representing the Kampong glamour department of Jalan Besar GRC since 2015, called him up and got him to join a Pongal event she was hosting.
“While my wife and daughters went to our usual thosai restaurant for an early dinner, I passed by the Pongal tentage on Clive Street, where the Member of Parliament for Little India, Ms. Denise Phua, was hosting a Pongal event with her grassroots leaders and local volunteers, including providing a meal for the residents of some old people’s homes”, wrote Mr Singh in a Facebook post.
“Member of Parliament Denise called out to me before sportingly handing me her microphone to convey my Pongal well wishes to those present. She also invited my wife and daughters to visit the cow and goat stables of the Vignesh Dairy Farms, which are a regular occurrence in Serangoon Road during Pongal. We obliged and Vignesh himself shared some information about his gentle and beautiful animals. Cattle are especially revered and honored on the third day of Pongal – known as ‘Mattu Pongal’.”
Mr Singh also posted pictures from the event.
He added how special Serangoon Road is to him and his family.
“The place is authentic, familiar and much more. Of course, the ready availability of food (or should I say comfort food) from most parts of the Indian subcontinent is also a big part of the appeal!”
He went on to say that the Pongal celebrations in Serangoon Road will continue until January 17, Tuesday, and invited everyone to “take a trip to enjoy the festivities”.
“And to all Singaporeans and Indians celebrating this four-day festival, Pongollo Pongal!” he added. /TISG
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