Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles Celebrates Thai Pongal Festival
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles celebrated Thai Pongal Festival in association with the Tamil Hindu community at United Hindu Temple, Covina, Los Angeles County, California, USA on Sunday, 13th January 2013 in the presence of a large gathering of all the communities living in Los Angeles.
The Thai Pongal was celebrated according to the Hindu tradition with boiling of Milk and Rice which is the highlight of this festival called ‘Surya Mangalyam’ under the auspices of the Hindu Priest of the Temple. All the communities put rice into the Pongal pot for blessings of Surya for good life and successful harvest.
After the Pooja ceremony, Dr. Hector Weerasinghe, Consul General of Sri Lanka addressing the participants stated that Thai Pongal signifies the commencement of the New Year, and that it which paves the way to renew links between nature and human beings and brings peace and harmony.
He also stated that the participation of all the communities at this festival symbolizes the friendly relationship that exists among all the communities. He thanked all the communities for participating at this significant festival which falls during the first month of the year.
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka served Sri Lankan vegetarian food for all the participants.
- Asian Tribune -