Video Message by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thai Pongal 2020
To our fantastic British Tamil community, and to Tamils around the world, I wish you a very happy Thai Pongal.
And as you gather together with your family and friends, I believe there is so much to celebrate and to look forward to – not least the delicious rice pudding – pongal – which I hope all of you will be enjoying very shortly.
Of course, traditionally, this day of worship celebrates the arrival of the harvest. But I also want to celebrate the contribution of Tamils in the UK – from building businesses that boost our economy, teaching children in our schools, treating patients in our NHS, caring for the vulnerable in our society, and much, much more. Your fantastic contribution makes a real difference. And it will be incredibly important – as we continue to forge ahead with our plans to make this country the greatest place on Earth to live, work, raise a family.
So let me say an enormous thank you to our wonderful Tamil community and wish you every enjoyment of the festivities today and over the coming days. And may your year ahead be just as “overflowing” with happiness, joy, and prosperity as that traditional pot of sweet pongal.