“Pongal, a traditional festival that expresses gratitude for a bountiful harvest, is a highlight for the Tamil community and celebrated by the Tamil diaspora with roots in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries.

“I know that Albertans of Tamil heritage, even as they adapt to current public health measures, will mark Pongal over the next four days with no less enthusiasm. They will enjoy the sweet rice pudding dish that gives the festival its name. In its joyful overflowing, the Pongal pot eloquently expresses the spirit of the celebration.

“Canada’s thriving Tamil community has contributed greatly to our country and to our province. I encourage Albertans to learn more about the rich heritage and achievements of our Tamil community.

“To all celebrating Pongal, best wishes for a joyful festival.”