Harrow celebrates Thai Pongal harvest festival

Community celebrates Thai Pongal harvest festival

Community celebrates Thai Pongal harvest festival

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There was dancing, music and drama when members of the Tamil community came together for a traditional harvest celebration.

Young members of borough’s Tamil community performed for the Mayor of Harrow Cllr Nana Asante, council leader Cllr Susan Hall, the public and councillors of all parties when Harrow Borough Council’s civic centre hosted the Thai Pongal harvest festival on Saturday.

The family celebration held on Saturday evening takes place every year to honour the sun in the hope of a bountiful harvest in the year ahead.

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1:49pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

This was such a friendly and colourful event held for the fourth year running by the Tamil community of Harrow.Great to see the dances and experience the culture which was so evident from the performances.I had some of my friends from the indigenous community attend with me .They simply loved it.I hope next year many more will join in and also partake in these celebrations.Such a good way to get to know about the different communities which make up Harrow and build harmonious relationships.

It was really wonderful to see the number of YOUNG ones.The place was filled to capacity with little tots, teenagers,parents and grand-parents.That showed a community carefully nurturing its future by looking after its present generation.

Great to see so many Harrow Councillors from all parties present and being publicly acknowledged and thanked.The spirit of UNITY was openly evident.We really need to skilfully nurture and promote this feeling of ONENESS and MUTUAL RESPECT for Harrow to flourish.

Cllrs Krishna Suresh and Sashi Suresh took great pains to organise this function which we all enjoyed.Cllr Manji Kara,Portfolio holder for Culture & Community must be pleased with such a successful event and also to see so many diverse communities attending.Their compere,Laksha was a delightful young,talented lady with many accomplishments to her name.

Honorary Alderman Keith Toms also recounted his experience of the changing face of Harrow and declared how proud he is of our multi-cultural heritage.The Leader of the Council and the Mayor of Harrow also enjoyed this evening and expressed their pleasure to see how well it was put together.

The Tamil community in Harrow is the largest one in the UK and are making progress by leaps and bounds.I hope we discover some budding cricketers of the calibre of Muralitharan who can represent England some day.

We wish them all a wonderful Harvest festival (Thai Pongal) and thank them profusely for the plentiful ,delicious vegetarian food so generously provided for all present.Well done!God bless you all.
This was such a friendly and colourful event held for the fourth year running by the Tamil community of Harrow.Great to see the dances and experience the culture which was so evident from the performances.I had some of my friends from the indigenous community attend with me .They simply loved it.I hope next year many more will join in and also partake in these celebrations.Such a good way to get to know about the different communities which make up Harrow and build harmonious relationships. It was really wonderful to see the number of YOUNG ones.The place was filled to capacity with little tots, teenagers,parents and grand-parents.That showed a community carefully nurturing its future by looking after its present generation. Great to see so many Harrow Councillors from all parties present and being publicly acknowledged and thanked.The spirit of UNITY was openly evident.We really need to skilfully nurture and promote this feeling of ONENESS and MUTUAL RESPECT for Harrow to flourish. Cllrs Krishna Suresh and Sashi Suresh took great pains to organise this function which we all enjoyed.Cllr Manji Kara,Portfolio holder for Culture & Community must be pleased with such a successful event and also to see so many diverse communities attending.Their compere,Laksha was a delightful young,talented lady with many accomplishments to her name. Honorary Alderman Keith Toms also recounted his experience of the changing face of Harrow and declared how proud he is of our multi-cultural heritage.The Leader of the Council and the Mayor of Harrow also enjoyed this evening and expressed their pleasure to see how well it was put together. The Tamil community in Harrow is the largest one in the UK and are making progress by leaps and bounds.I hope we discover some budding cricketers of the calibre of Muralitharan who can represent England some day. We wish them all a wonderful Harvest festival (Thai Pongal) and thank them profusely for the plentiful ,delicious vegetarian food so generously provided for all present.Well done!God bless you all. Sonoo Malkani
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