Canadians of Indian Origin came together to welcome 2023 and celebrate Pongal, Lohri and Makar Sankranti at Markham’s Milliken Mills Library.
The festive gathering also presented a unique opportunity for the members to contribute and give back to their community.
An integral part of the event was a food drive organized in collaboration with Markham Food Bank, whereby community members donated and prepared non-perishable food boxes for the “Fill-A-Box” Food Drive. Markham Food Bank president Stephen Lough attended and thanked the attendees.
The event’s activities reflected the multicultural diaspora of the Markham community. The attendees participated in a host of diverse activities that embodied the spirit of goodwill and generosity such as decorating food drive boxes, preparing red packets for the Lunar New Year celebrations on January 22, and preparing Canadian and Indian flags for the January 26 Indian Republic Day celebrations. Vikrant Thakur entertained the attendees with his melodious singing.
“Heartfelt thank you to the Markham Public Library and its wonderful staff for their assistance, contributions, and generous support,” said Neera Chakravorty, one of the food drive organizers responsible for spearheading and promoting the event.
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Photo: Canadians of Indian Origin came together to welcome 2023 and celebrate Pongal, Lohri and Makar Sankranti at Markham’s Milliken Mills Library.