KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has expressed hope that the Pongal Festival to be celebrated from tomorrow until Monday (Jan 17) can foster unity and togetherness among ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ (Malaysian family).

He also hoped that the harvest festival would bring prosperity and open up new opportunities for all Malaysians.

“I wish Happy Pongal to all members of ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ who are celebrating,” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook page tonight.

He said the festival is celebrated as a sign of gratitude for life and nature that provide sustenance, adding that the saying “Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum” often mentioned in connection with the festival meant “the beginning of Thai opens up new opportunities”. 

Pongal falls in the 10th month of the Tamil calendar, called Thai, and is a major celebration, especially for the farming community.

On this day, the Tamil community will prepare the Ponggal (sweet rice) and offer thanksgiving prayers


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