Pongal 2020 in Singapore takes place from 15 to 18 January. The traditional Indian harvest festival marks the end of the winter solstice and is named after the dish of rice boiled in milk.
Here in Singapore, Little India comes alive with festivities. Here are some of the activities being held to mark Pongal 2020 in Singapore.
Pongal 2020 in Singapore
Pongal Street Light Up and Opening Ceremony
The Pongal Street Light Up at Little India takes place from 10 January to 9 February 2020. The streets will be decorated with colourful motifs of Pongal pots and paddy fields. The official opening ceremony for the Pongol 2020 light up will take place on 10 January, 6.30 pm, at Little India. The evening will include a cultural showcase of Indian folk songs and dances.
Pongal Festival Village 2020
Campbell Lane will play host to the Pongal Festival Village 2020. Taking place from 11 to 15 January, the Festival Village will have cookies, tidbits, decorative items and specially flown in handicrafts on sale or Pongal 2020 in Singapore.
On 15 and 16 January, in keeping with the spirit of sharing the abundance of a good harvest, there will be a sharing of traditional sweet rice with people at the Pongal Festival Village.
Pongal Cultural Village
From 10 to 18 Jan, the site at the junction of Clive and Dickson Road will be transformed into a Pongal Cultural Village. Recreating a rural set with a cattle farm, the heritage carnival has experience zones and activities for visitors.
Pongal Open House 2020
Indian Heritage Centre will be holding its Pongal Celebrations 2020 on Saturdays 11 and 18 January. Highlights of the Pongal Open House 2020 include a Heartland Harvesting Workshop by Bollywood Veggies, storytelling sessions by master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran and traditional folk art painting. There will also be cultural performances held in the afternoon of Saturday, 18 January 2020. For full details and to register for programmes, visit the Indian Heritage Centre Pongal Open House 2020 website here.
For more on Pongal 2020 in Singapore in Little India, visit the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association Facebook Page here.