A HOMEMAKER and her team members were the grand prize winners of the Mydin Raaga Ponggal Celebration 2019 held at Mydin USJ, Subang Jaya.
Ponggal is a Tamil harvest festival where people partake in giving thanks.
M. Latha, 51, her sister M. Kasturi, 57, and their eight-year-old nephew L. Jayveen were selected as the top winners from 46 teams in the “Most Tasty Ponggal” (sweet rice) category.
Each team with three members dressed in colourful traditional attire competed to show their ability in making the best ponggal to win the hearts of three judges.
Latha said the judges complimented her team’s sweet rice during the tasting session after an hour-long competition.
Team Suryavamsam walked away with a 3.5gm gold ring each, Mydin vouchers worth RM300 and goodie bags.
“This gold ring is a new year gift for myself,” said Latha.
Kasturi said her sister persuaded her to join the competition for fun and it turned out to be a blessing for her.
Grandmother S. Thanaletchumi, 64, and cousins S. Rasshwini, 18, and M. Pritikaa, 18, in Team Viswasam were winners in the “Best Traditional Dress” team category.
Thanaletchumi said she was happy with the win.
“We joined the competition by wearing similar sarees from India for good luck as it is a cultural event,” she said.
Rasshwini said it was her first time participating in the competition.
Teacher M. Nithyavani, 29, her husband S. Hari Prakash, 32, and mother-in-law, R.Krishnaveni, 54, from Team Senthamil Saarathigal, won in the “Best Decoration” category for their creativity in beautifying their cooking area at the event.
Nithyavani was surprised at the win as theirs was a last-minute effort.
Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Dr Ameer Ali Mydin said, “Mydin celebrates every festival to show our love, respect and tolerance for the many different cultures in Malaysia.
“The crowd that turned up at Mydin USJ for Ponggal proves that unity and harmony are close to our hearts. We hope our customers have a wonderful shopping experience,” said Ameer.Mydin director Datin Dr Siti Hawa Mohd, dressed in a light brown salwar kameez, also joined in the competition to prepare ponggal on behalf of the hypermarket.
Siti Hawa, who is Ameer’s wife, said it was her first experience joining the celebration and that it was a fun experience.
“I hope more people of various races will join the competition in future,” she said, adding that the family-based competition was part of Mydin’s community outreach programme.
Mydin marketing and brand communications assistant manager B. Gurubaran said the event was promoted through Tamil radio station Raaga and Mydin’s social media channels for two weeks prior to the event.
Gurubaran said the cost of the event was RM50,000, and Enrico sponsored UHT milk and ghee for the sweet rice, while Trichy provided ponggal mix and pots for the 46 participants.
The second prize winners in the “Most Tasty Ponggal” category took home three Vivo smartphones, Mydin vouchers worth RM300 and a hamper, while the third prize winners received RM500, RM300 Mydin vouchers and a hamper.
For the “Best Traditional Dress” and “Best Decoration” categories, each team received RM500 and Mydin vouchers worth RM300.
The audience also won Mydin goodie bags for participating in games as well as dance and singing activities.
For details, visit Mydin’s official Facebook and Instagram @mydinmalaysia