“This week, the Tamil community in Canada and around the world will celebrate Thai Pongal, the four-day harvest festival.
“Thai Pongal is a time of celebration, joy, and community. Families and friends will gather to give thanks for a plentiful harvest, and to cook and share Pongal, a sweet rice pudding.
“As we mark the end of the harvest season and the start of the New Year, we also celebrate Tamil Heritage Month. During this special time, we recognize the many contributions Tamil Canadians have made to the success and prosperity of our country.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating Thai Pongal a joyful festival.”