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Canada celebrates Tamil Heritage Month and Thai Pongal

Celebratory events have taken place across Canada to mark Tamil Heritage Month and Thai Pongal.

The secular Tamil festival gives thanks to the sun and for the harvest and dates back in its current form to at least as far back as the Medieval Chola empire. The occasion is marked by boiling milk and rice - the 'pongal' - in a clay pot, often accompanied by various other treats and seasonal fruit. The overflow of the milk symbolises abundance and prosperity for the year to come.


Melanie Joly, joined Montreal's Tamil community to celebrate Tamil Heritage month.


Members and MPs of the Liberal Caucus also sent their wishes celebrating Tamil Heritage Month and Thai Pongal.


Brampton Mayor, Partick Brown spoke of the importance of Tamil Heritage month and spoke of the failures of the international community to intervene to stop the Tamil Genocide. He spoke of Tamil Heritage month being an opportunity to remember the "great contributions of the Tamil Community" and also recognise the "resilience" of the Tamil Community despite facing "Genocide". 



The Toronto Sign was lit red and yellow in recognition of Tamil Heritage Month



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