More than 800,000 people expected to visit Little India during Pongal festivities

A display of items significant to Pongal at the Indian Heritage Centre on Jan 4, 2019.
A display of items significant to Pongal at the Indian Heritage Centre on Jan 4, 2019.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Little India is expecting more than 800,000 people to visit and take part in various activities held in the area in celebration of a Tamil festival Pongal.

The four-week long activities surrounding the harvest festival, which is a three-day event, will start on Jan 10, with a bull, three cows, two calves and two goats will be paraded from Campbell Lane to Hastings Road.

At its destination, the animals will be housed temporarily for a Heritage Carnival from Jan 11 to 19.

The Pongal festival, celebrated in Singapore from Jan 15 to 17, is named after a traditional sweet pudding cooked with cow's milk. About 5,000 puddings will be distributed to people on Jan 15 and 16 at Pongal Festival Village in Campbell Lane .

One of the activities is Little India Food Trail, which visitors can join to learn about the different types of Indian food and explore various food outlets.

"Pongal in Singapore has grown in a big way, with the celebration going on for a month. The visitorship for Pongal was more than 723,000 people last year," said Mr Rajakumar Chandra, chairman of the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (Lisha), the main organiser of the festivities.

Noting that Pongal is celebrated in the Tamil community here and all over the world as a harvest and thanksgiving festival, he added: "We have to be thankful for what we have received all these years from the growth of our Singapore economy and look forward to many more years of progress for Singapore."

Details of the activities are available at events@lisha.org.sg and people who want to join the food trail, workshops and other events have to send an email to events@lisha.org.sg