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US State of Virginia celebrates Thai Pongal as a state holiday

The US State of Viriginia this year celebrated Thai Pongal as a state holiday today along side Tamils in the North-East and Tamil Nadu, India.

Last year the state passed a resolution designating January 14th as 'Pongal Day'. 

U.S. State of Virginia passed a resolution declaring #ThaiPongal as a state holiday https://t.co/7pqTP42uaq Video: pic.twitter.com/Q3eIKM6VDa

— U.S. Embassy Colombo (@USEmbSL) January 5, 2018

"Pongal is a four-day festival that typically begins on January 14 and ends on January 17; the festival is exemplified by the phrase in the Tamil language Thai Pirandhaal Vazhi Pirakkum, meaning the beginning of the Thai month will open avenues for a better life," the resolution noted. 

Read full resolution here