Tamil Pongal Celebrations

On behalf of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, it gives me great pleasure to send my well wishes to the Australian Tamil community on the occasion of Thai Pongal. Thai Pongal is a very special time for many people in the community, but especially for Australia’s Tamil community: a community which has enriched our multiculturalism and added to our prosperity.

happy pongal-fijiKnown as the festival of freedom, peace, unity and compassion, this four-day-long harvest celebration gives thanks to nature during the season when rice and other cereals, sugar-cane, and turmeric are harvested. Thai Pongal is an occasion for family re-unions and get-togethers. Old enmities, personal animosities and rivalries are forgotten. May this celebration serve to inject new energy and vitality into our way of life and serve to remind us all of what we can accomplish when we collectively work towards equality, social inclusion and a better future for us all.

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I trust you and your families will have a safe and pleasant celebration.

Pongal nal-valthukal!

Bill Shorten

Leader of the Opposition