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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau celebrates Pongal in a south Indian dress 'veshti'

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau tweeted pictures of the celebration on Wednesday. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jan 17, 2018, 07.45 AM (IST)

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau keeping up with his inclusive nature of functioning, celebrated on Wednesday, the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal with Tamil citizens in his country. 

Trudeau was spotted wearing a south Indian dress called 'veshti' for the occasion. 

He addressed a gathered audience saying he "has a great time" at the festivities and posted pictures of the celebrations on Twitter. 


Trudeau even wished Tamila Canadians with a sweet message in their language: "Iniya Thai Pongal Nalvazhthukkal!" which means "Sweet Pongal Greetings."

It also happens to be 'Tamil Heritage Month' in Canada -- as part of an announcement made by the Canadian Parliament in October 2016 to declare the month of January as the same. 


John Tory, the Mayor of Toronto, was also present at the festivities. He and Trudeau were spotted helping to prepare the Pongal meal --  a dish made of rice and lentils.


Speaking on the festivities, they said this was to "recognise the contributions that Tamil-Canadians have made to Canadian society, the richness of Tamil language and culture, and the importance of educating and reflecting upon Tamil heritage for future generations".

According to 2016 census in Canada, there are 157,000 Tamil people in Canada, but the community itself estimates that they are close to 200,000 and 300,000 in number.