காணும் பொங்கல் வன போஜனம்

While it’s a demanding task to simulate the spiritual element of a festival when living overseas, one can be assured of fun & frolic away from home on such occasions. And in accordance with this, Tamilar Inc, a non-profit organization, organised an outdoor picnic to celebrate Kaanum Pongal at the Yarraville Gardens Precinct on Jan 19.

Kaanum Pongal Lemon and SpoonLemon & Spoon race for the ladies

Since its inception in 2011, Tamilar Inc has done a wonderful job in a short span of time in the upkeep of tradition and the much revered Tamil language by successfully organising Tamil language classes in Werribee and Lalor.

Kaanum Pongal Caterpillar RaceThe caterpillar race

With a wonderful location and ideal weather, the gathering was well coordinated and included a variety of games to keep the 100-odd people entertained. While games such as Lemon & Spoon, Hop & Catch and Caterpillar had the children, women & seniors in splits, Cricket and Kabaddi proved to be a major hit amongst the male folk.

Kaanum Pongal Seniors raceThe seniors having a go at lemon and spoon

Raji Vel, who attended the event with her young family and mother said “Great event. Well done organisers. Made us all run, hop and jump with excellent company. Thank you”. Another participant Meera Ramanan, thanked the organisers for an awesome day  and a well organised picnic. Another person who attended the event said it was a great way to bring the kids out and have a run about rather than them watching TV at home. 

On the eve of this occasion President Ganesh Jaygan who was in the thick of action, said, “We expected around 100 people and we were pretty much on the ball. Everyone is having a great time and from now on this will be a regular event in our Calendar. Our next event is the Chithirai ThiruVizha, which will be held on Sunday, 14th April at the Destiny Centre in Hoppers Crossing. The team has not time to relax as we start planning for a bigger and better event.”

Kaanum Pongal Lunch BreakLunch time interval

Radhika Bandhili one of the committee members sought the support of the community by signing up to Tamilar Inc. Towards the end of the day she was a happy camper and said, “Today 17 families joined Tamilar Inc as registered members. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them and also invite other Tamil families to support the work we are doing and become members”. 

Kaanum Pongal Lolly BagsEveryone is a winner with lolly bags

All the kids were given lolly bags to regain some of their lost energy during the day. The organisers wish to thank the Maribyrnong City Council for providing the facilities at reduced cost. If you wish to enrol your children in the Tamil classes in Lalor or Werribee and if you would like to support Tamilar Inc please contact us.

  • முயற்சி திருவினை யாக்கும் முயற்றின்மை இன்மை புகுத்தி விடும்

    Idleness will bring poverty

  • குழல்இனிது யாழ்இனிது என்பதம் மக்கள்மழலைச்சொல் கேளா தவர்

    The pipe is sweet, so is the lute, to those who have not heard the babble of their own children

  • அற்றால் அறவறிந்து உண்க அஃதுடம்பு
    பெற்றான் நெடிதுய்க்கும் ஆறு

    If one's food has been digested by eating in moderation; that is the way to prolong the life of an embodied soul.

  • கற்க கசடறக் கற்பவை கற்றபின் நிற்க அதற்கு தக

    Learn thoroughly whatever one may, and let ones conduct be worthy of that learning

  • பிணியின்மை செல்வம் விளைவின்பம் ஏமம்
    அணியென்ப நாட்டிவ் வைந்து

    Freedom from epidemics, wealth, produce, happiness and security are the five ornaments of a kingdom

  • நன்றி மறப்பது நன்றன்று நன்றல்லது  அன்றே மறப்பது நன்று

    Never forget good things done to you, it is best to forget bad things done to you the very moment

  • ஈதல் இசைபட வாழ்தல் அதுஅல்லது
    ஊதியம் இல்லை உயிர்க்கு

    Give to the poor and live with praise, there is no greater profit to man than that

  • தம்மின்தம் மக்கள் அறிவுடைமை மாநிலத்து 
    மன்னுயிர்க் கெல்லாம் இனிது

    That their children should possess knowledge is more pleasing to all men of this great earth than to themselves

  • இன்னாசெய் தாரை ஒறுத்தல் அவர்நாண நன்னயம் செய்து விடல்

    The punishment to those who do evil is to show them kindness and forget the evil deed done unto you

  • அகர முதல எழுத்தெல்லாம் ஆதி பகவன் முதற்றே உலகு

    As the alphabet “A” is the first of all alphabets, so is eternal God, the first in the world

  • எண்ணென்ப ஏனை எழுத்தென்ப இவ்விரண்டும்
    கண்ணென்ப வாழும் உயிர்க்கு

    Letters and numbers are the two eyes of a man

  • இருந்தோம்பி இல்வாழ்வ தெல்லாம் விருந்தோம்பி 
    வேளாண்மை செய்தற் பொருட்டு

    The whole design of living in the domestic state and laying up (property) is (to be able) to exercise the benevolence of hospitality

  • ஆற்றின் அறவறிந்து ஈக அதுபொருள்
    போற்றி வழங்கு நெறி

    Know the measure of your ability and give accordingly, such giving is the way to preserve your property

  • கேட்பினுங் கேளாத் தகையவே கேள்வியால் 
    தோட்கப் படாத செவி

    The ear which has not been bored by instruction, although it hears, is deaf.

  • ஈன்ற பொழுதின் பெரிதுவக்கும் தன்மகனைச் 
    சான்றோன் எனக்கேட்ட தாய்

    The mother who hears her child called "a wise one" will rejoice more than she did at his birth

  • காலத்தி னாற்செய்த நன்றி சிறிதெனினும் ஞாலத்தின் மாணப் பெரிது

    A favour conferred in the time of need, though it be small, it transcends the earth in value 

  • துப்பார்க்கு துப்பாய துப்பாக்கி துப்பார்க்கு  துப்பாய  துவும்  மலை

    Rain produces food and is itself food

  • தீயினாற் சுட்டபுண் உள்ளாறும் ஆறாதே நாவினாற் சுட்ட வடு

    A wound caused by fire will heal, but wound caused by harsh words will never heal

  • செயற்கரிய செய்வார் பெரியர் சிறியர்
    செயற்கரிய செய்கலா தார்

    The great do things that is difficult to be done, and the small are people who cannot do those

  • ஒன்றெய்தி நூறிழக்கும் சூதர்க்கும் உண்டாங்கொல்
    நன்றெய்தி வாழ்வதோர் ஆறு

    Is there indeed a means of livelihood that can bestow happiness on gamblers who gain one and lose a hundred?

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