Indian harvest festival celebration at Tampines

THE Tampines East Community Club Indian Activity Executive Committee organised an Indian Harvest Festival celebration on Jan 25 at the Tampines East CC.

The celebration included Pongal, Ulavar Thirunal, Sankranti and Lohri festivities. The month of January brings in the harvest festival for many Indian communities like the Tamils, Telugus, Kannadigas, Gujaratis and Punjabis.

At the celebration, various Indian dance performances were held. These included Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Punjabi classical and folk dances together with urumi melam (traditional drum performance). Other highlights were an Indian bazaar, Indian heritage corner, rangoli competition, children’s village costume competition, pongal cooking by various Indian ethnic groups and by other communities like Filipinos, Indonesians, Chinese, Malays and Americans to promote racial harmony and integration.

More than 500 residents attended the event. About 150 students from Pasir Ris Secondary School attended an education journey to understand more about the Indian culture at the event.

The guest of honour was Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Mah Bow Tan. He was accompanied by other grassroots leaders.

The event’s organising chairman Murali B. said: “This event was aimed at promoting unity among Indian ethnic groups. It is a platform where Indians and other races can learn and understand one another’s culture.”


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