WHILE many of their neighbours were celebrating Chinese New Year, some 300 residents of Taman Sepang Putra in Sungai Pelek, Sepang took the opportunity to hold a Ponggal festival.
Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) councillor Vijayarany Arumugam said it was the first time in seven years that they were celebrating the Tamil harvest festival on such a big scale.
“It is a chance to reintroduce Tamil culture and tradition to the younger generation.
“We also organised several traditional games as a way for people to get together,” she said.
Vijayarany said the event started off with boiling milk in clay pots.
“We asked the women to wear saree and were pleased that many of them did,” she added.
Some of the games included the fastest to tie a thoranam (hanging decorations), valuku maram, tug of war and breaking of clay pots.
There were plenty of activities for children, including colouring and balloon-blowing contests.
Resident S.Rajeshwery, 23, said it was a joyful event and hoped it would be a yearly affair. “Most of us are too busy with work and Ponggal ends up being a small celebration with family. But today, it is nice to play traditional games and get to know our neighbours,” she said.