Ottawa, Ontario - January 14, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Thai Pongal:

“Today, Tamils in Canada and around the world will gather to celebrate Thai Pongal.

“This festival marks the end of the harvest season and the start of the new year. Friends and families will come together to give thanks for a prosperous harvest and a season of good fortune. It is a time for joy, celebration, and community.

“In 2016, the House of Commons voted unanimously to recognize every January as Tamil Heritage Month. I encourage everybody to reflect on the strong heritage of Canada’s Tamil community. Our nation is stronger and richer because of the contributions of Tamil-Canadians.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating Thai Pongal a joyful festival.”