Celebrating first harvest of the season

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong trying his hand at making Indian snacks like thosai and murukku yesterday at a Pongal celebration at Cheng San Community Club. During the Tamil festival to mark the first harvest of the season, milk, rice and jaggery -
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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong trying his hand at making Indian snacks like thosai and murukku yesterday at a Pongal celebration at Cheng San Community Club. During the Tamil festival to mark the first harvest of the season, milk, rice and jaggery - a kind of brown sugar - are cooked in a new pot over an open fire until they boil over to symbolise abundance and luck. That was among the traditional activities on display yesterday as Mr Lee and fellow Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Ang Hin Kee (to Mr Lee's left) celebrated with about 1,000 residents at the event. Mr Lee spent about an hour interacting with residents and obliging many wefie requests. Mr Nadanasigamani Senthil (in purple), who has organised the event six years in a row, said more Singaporeans outside the Indian community have been learning about Pongal over the past 10 years. "It's still not as well-known as Deepavali, but more people from other races have been attending our celebrations."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2016, with the headline 'Celebrating first harvest of the season'. Print Edition | Subscribe