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January 14th, 2013

Statement by MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan to mark Thai Pongal

I extend my warmest Pongal greetings to all Canadians of Tamil heritage who are celebrating the birth of the month of Thai with their families and friends. As the Tamil saying goes: “When Thai is born, new beginnings are born.”

Thai Pongal is a time for new beginnings and renewal and special thanks. This four-day celebration marks a period of abundance, peace and happiness.

In celebration of the biggest harvest festival of the year, Tamils in Canada and around the world gather with family and friends and share special meals. During this time of goodwill Tamils draw closer to loved ones in thanksgiving for the blessings of the past year and to look with hope towards the future.

On behalf of the entire New Democrat caucus, I wish everyone celebrating Thai Pongal a joyful harvest festival.