Pongal (Tamil: தைப்பொங்கல்) is a harvest festival equivalent to a thanksgiving event celebrated by Tamils across the world.
Pongal in Tamil means "boiling over or spill over." The act of boiling over of milk in the clay pot is considered to denote future prosperity for the family.
Traditionally celebrated at harvest time, it's a celebration of the prosperity associated with the harvest by thanking the rain, sun and the farm animals that have helped in the harvest.
Now, Pongal is not only a traditional celebration. We should know that without workers who cultivate the plants, we could not get the food.
Workers are the one who produce foods and all kind of products. But now they are exploited by the capitalist and capitalism system.
Same to Chinese New Year, Chinese New Year is not only the traditional celebration by Chinese and other ethnics. Chinese New Year (CNY) is to celebrate family gathering. Besides, CNY also celebrated for the winter end and new work start (farmer can start to plant). So, CNY is the day to remember the workers too. Without workers, the development and production are stop.
Last but not least, happy Pongal and Chinese New Year!
Widespread revulsion against the murderous Israeli assault on the population of the Gaza Strip has sparked protest on every continent. Hundreds of demonstrations have taken place in cities large and small, from Bogota to Manila, Sofia to Ottawa, Dublin to New Delhi, in addition to dozens of cities in the US and major urban centers in Israel itself.
In every major European and North American city, protests have continued in all parts of the globe. Thousands, for example, demonstrated in Beirut Sunday outside the United Nations building while others marched on the US embassy. Lebanese police used water hoses to keep the protesters away from the embassy. Hundreds marched in Amman, Jordan, on Sunday in two separate marches.
More than 5,000 marched in Istanbul Sunday, waving Palestinian flags and burning effigies of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President George W. Bush. Protesters also threw eggs at the Israeli consulate in the Turkish city.
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) student. Involve in students movement since year 2002. Formal member of Students Representative Council of UPM. 2004, Malaysian Youth and Students Democratic Movement's Secretary of International Affairs. 2005, Gabungan Anak Muda dan Pelajar (GAMP, JERIT) Secretary. 2006, Gabungan Anak Muda dan Pelajar (GAMP, JERIT) President.
Now as a worker/employee who concerns to social justice.