Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Thenmaradchi Divisional Secretariat jointly organized Northern Province Pongal Festival 2020 at Siddiveram Kannagai Amman Kovil and Varani Cultural Centre on 18th January 2020. Secretary of Education Ministry L.Ilaangovan presided at this event. Governor of the Northern Province Mrs. PSM Charles graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Chief Secretary of Northern Province A.Pathinathan participated as Special Guest and Divisional Secretary of Thenmarachchi Mrs. Devanandini was the Guest of Honour.
The highlight of the festival is the eleven varieties of ‘pongal’ with eleven pots were prepared and worshipped.
Several artistic and cultural items were performed at this event such as welcome dance by Varani Cultural Centre, ‘Aruvi vettu’ dance by Kilinochchi Janu Art Theatre, ‘Udukkisai’ by Maravanpulavu Niththarkula Amman Artists, ‘Kummi’ dance by Kathadi Central Kumaranagar Community Centre, ‘Kolattam’ by Chavakachcheri Johnson Dance Group, ‘Karagam’ by Kodikamam Manthuvil East Mrs.T.Kalaichelvi and several other items.
Speaking to the gatherings, Governor said that nowadays the traditional celebrations and cultural events are looked as just formalities; but today’s performances brought me joy and fulfillment to the mind.
She reminded the parents, teachers and adults should understand the needs of today’s younger generation and should be strict and responsible for them. The Governor emphasized the parents should be vigilant of their children and youths and to take steps to correct their mistakes at the early stage.
She said that she looks forward to the cooperation of all for the tasks of improving everything in this province and to make the people live in peace and prosperity.