“Thai Pongal”, also referred as Pongal Thirunaal / Uzhavar Thirunaal is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamilians at the end of the harvest season. Pongal which symbolizes the boiling of milk and rice to signify abundance and prosperity, starts on Jan 14th and goes for 4 days.

This unique festival, kicked off at Mandala Hall, Bateman (This facility is being managed by Tamil Association of Western Australia) on Saturday 10th January 2015. TAWA celebrated this in a traditional way by conducting cultural activities like Pattimandram, Pongal Cooking Competition, Kolam Competition, Fancy Dress & Drawing competition for Kids and also Singing & Dancing performances by the local talents.

Prizes / Gifts were given to the winners of the competitions and for all the Kids who came for the event. Delicious Indian Food was served at the Venue. Most of the visitors were dressed in the Traditional Tamil costumes.

Pattimandram (Debate) the traditional Tamil literature related competition was introduced this year with the title being “புல‌ம் பெயர்ந்த தமிழன் தன் மொழியையும் கலாச்சாரத்தையும் புதுக்கரைக்குக் கொண்டு வந்தானா, அல்லது நடுக்கடலில் விட்டுவிட்டானா?” Meaning – “Tamils who migrated from their home land, STILL follow their Values, Tradition and Language of their origin OR they don’t follow”. 

This competition was well received and applauded by the audience. The debate was headed by Dr Ameer Ali, Lecturer of Economics at University of Western Australia & Visiting Fellow/Lecturer at Murdoch Business School, Murdoch University

This whole event was a great opportunity for everyone to get rejuvenated with the taste of Tamil Culture and Tradition.

Tamil Association of WA celebrates this “Pongalo Pongal” event every year with a view to inculcate values of our tradition and culture to the Tamil community in Western Australia.

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