Neighbours share ponggal joy


THE Tamil community in Seberang Jaya celebrated the ‘Pesta Ponggol’ at the Taman Tun Hussein Onn playground near Butterworth.

The event was hosted by the Seberang Jaya assemblyman Dr Afif Bahardin’s service centre and the Seberang Jaya JKKK.

The women were clad in Indian traditional clothings, some in sarees while others wore Punjabi suites during the celebration recently.

Several non-Indians living in the surrounding areas also took part in cooking sweetened rice and milk in clay pots.

They cheered ‘Ponggalo Ponggal’ when the milk started to boil over and spill onto the ground.

The spilling milk signifies prosperity while thanking the Sun God and Mother Nature for the abundance of harvest.

“This event is held to promote diversity and inter-faith solidarity,” said Dr Afif.

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